The Cornish artist and author Robert Jones was born in Newquay,Cornwall. The beaches and cliffs were his childhood playground. He studied at Falmouth College of Art where he was taught by Robert Organ and Francis Hewlett. He continued to paint whilst teaching in various schools including A.S. Neill’s Summerhill School for three years, and for seven further years fishing around the Cornish coast. A period as part time tutor at Penzance and Falmouth Colleges of art, followed by a successful exhibition at Newlyn Orion Art Gallery encouraged him to concentrate on his painting. He was able to reduce his teaching commitments and then to paint full time. He is a prolific artist who has exhibited widely.
In 1995 he began researching the life and work of the artist Alfred Wallis, and in 2000 his book, ‘Alfred Wallis Artist and Mariner’ was published to critical acclaim. Continuing with his fascination with maritime subjects he has completed his next book which is about the pierhead painter Reuben Chappell. The book ‘Reuben Chappell Pierhead Painter’ came out in the spring of 2006.
2007 Gave lecture at Wallis Exhibition, Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum / Thomas Henry Fine Art, Nantucket, U.S.A. / ‘Reuben Chappell, Pierhead Painter’ commended by Cornish Gorsedd.
2006 Surrey University, Exhibition of Paintings (met HRH duke ofKent) and gave annual Art Lecture / Penwith Gallery, St Ives / Solo show, Tring.
2005 Royal Cornwall Museum, retrospective (‘From Light to Dark’) / Beside The Wave, Falmouth / High Street Gallery, Dartmouth / Great Atlantic Mapworks, Falmouth / Out of the Blue, Bath.