Artist Biography

William John JONES
1886 - 1947

William John Jones was born in Wales on December 26, 1886. He came to California in 1898 and settled in Alameda. He studied at the California School of Fine Arts and was active in the San Francisco Bay area in the 1930s. Despite the handicap of amputated arms, he painted through the intricate workings of hooks and straps governed by his back muscles. Jones lived in Alameda at 1816 Wood Street until his fatal fall down the stairs of his home on March 23, 1947. Exhibited: Oakland Art Gallery, 1928 (Farm House at Waldo and Springtime at Marin County), 1932 (self-portrait), 1933, 1934; Oakland Women’s City Club, 1929; San Francisco Art Ass'n, 1929; California Statewide (Santa Cruz), 1930, 1931.

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