“David W. Jones is one of Canada’s foremost landscape painters”(Ottawa Citizen, January 2007). “The beauty, splendor and unique vastness of our landscape, coast to coast, are captured in his canvases.”(National Arts Centre, November 1999)
For over 35 years, David Jones has exhibited extensively across Canada, Japan, Italy and the United States. In 1981, Jones received a special commission to be Canada’s War Artist depicting activities on board a destroyer on the Pacific Ocean. In 1985, a major art exhibition commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Royal Canadian Navy toured North America and Jones’ works were displayed alongside works by Arthur Lismer, Alex Colville, Charles Comfort and William Ogilvy. In Canada, he has shown at the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Calgary’s Glenbow Museum, the National Museum of Nature, the British Columbia Provincial Museum, the Ottawa Art Gallery and the National War Museum.
In July 2016, Jones was one of 40 Ontario artists invited to Kleinburg, Ontario to compete in a 2-day/50th Anniversary celebration of the McMichael Canadian Art Collection. After 2 days, a jury selected his painting to be displayed in the McMichael Cdn. Art Gallery, alongside the legendary “Group of Seven” artists of the 20th Century.
Jones, as an artist who enjoys sharing his love of painting, has taught night school and Summer Outdoor painting classes for over 35 years.
In March 2003, Jones was invited to paint on stage with the National Arts Centre Orchestra for two sold out concerts. He created two paintings while the Orchestra performed the music of composers George Gershwin and Alexina Louie. In 2013, he was happy to reprise this role with the Music and Beyond (Summer Music Festival) with another Gershwin selection.
In addition to being represented in numerous private galleries across Canada, Jones’ works are part of such diverse collections as: the National War Art (“Beaverbrook collection”); the City of Ottawa collection; former Canadian Prime Minister, Brian Mulroney; the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans collection; and the collection of the late jazz great Benny Goodman (later bequeathed to Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC). A personal friend to several jazz legends, Jones has created artwork used on Artie Shaw’s autobiography, CD’s and LP’s.
In 1981, when Ottawa Citizen art critic Nancy Baele first reviewed Jones’ work she said: “Jones is an artist to watch…buyers will congratulate themselves on spotting a new talent and owning one of his early works”. Her words were prophetic—Jones has a loyal following wherever his paintings are exhibited.