Born in 1963, Christchurch, New Zealand, Locust Jones currently lives and works in the Blue Mountains, Australia. Locust has held over 35 solo exhibitions within Australia and internationally, his work is instantly recognizable and widely appreciated. Categorized by strong lines, vivid colours and an irrepressible energy, Locust’s paintings and drawings are heavy with textual markers of our dark contemporary age.
Selected solo exhibitions include: Back to the Dark Ages, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery (2015) Burn Freeze, David Krut Projects, New York (2014); Descent into the Mass Media Maelstrom, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin (2014); 24HR News Feed, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand (2013) and Some Mistakes were Perhaps Made, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, NSW (2012).
Locust has participated in numerous museum exhibitions including: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennale, Art Gallery of New South Wales; Bove-Expat, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany; Art Gallery of South Australia, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. His work is held in major public collections including: Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Artbank; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; National Gallery of Victoria; Australian War Memorial; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand; James Wallace Trust, Auckland, New Zealand; National Gallery of Australia; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Kunstwerk Museum; Collection of Peter W. and Alison Klein, Stuttgart, Germany and the Shepparton Art Museum.