Jimi Jones, one of the founding members of the Neo-Ancestralist art movement, is coming to the Appleton Art Gallery at Shawnee State University for an artist’s reception on Wednesday, Sept. 25.
Jones, a Cincinnati artist and graphic designer, is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning and recently retired after a 27-year career as an art director in charge of display design at Procter and Gamble.
His work has been shown at numerous galleries since his first individual exhibition at the Weston Gallery in 2008, including the National African American Museum, Wilberforce, Ohio, the University of Cincinnati 850 Gallery, Thomas More College, the Cincinnati Arts Consortium, the Weston Gallery at the Aronoff Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Arts Center, where he has shown multiple times.
“All cultures are a balance between the women and the warriors,” Jones says, “The men dress up in armor and fight each other while the women try to keep everything in order. The cultures of Asia, Africa, Europe and America may appear different, but they are all based on the same idea, to bring order to society.”
As an artist, Jones uses oils and mixed media to explore the “differences between us, but also in the underlying values that we share.”
The gallery show will continue until October 27. It is free and open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
To view his art, visit his website at http://jimijonesart.com.