Professor Anthony Jones CBE Dip.Ad., BA, MFA, DFA, HonAIA, FRCA, FRSA - President, The School of The Art Institute Of Chicago
April 2006He is an extraordinary figurative painter of great power, schooled in the classical traditions of brilliantly-crafted composition, whose work is executed with a highly personal and idiosyncratic style. While he freely references his debt to the painters of the Italian Renaissance, to the monumental early works of Picasso, the drama of Caravaggio, or the complex works of Spencer, his work is nevertheless completely original and of his own invention. He is a painter whose work extends the traditions he respects, and adds to the language of painting, adds to the 'body of knowledge'. He is one of the very few 'easel-painters' who can transfer from smaller scale to the vast – his huge mural "The Hall of Illusion" for the Powis Hall at the University of Wales, Bangor, is a quite astounding achievement.