My Story

Presenting my Final Project, The Lens of Reality, at The Oxbow School, May, 2018
The Lens of Reality, installed at the
Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA
Solo Show Announcement
Recent works on view at Firecreek Coffee in Flagstaff
I cannot remember a time when art-making did not engage me, soothe me, challenge me, and bring me joy.

I grew up in Atlanta, GA and studied art at Red Wall Art Studio (now Asa’s Alley) with Charlene Shikany and at Woodward Academy. This training gave me a firm foundation in figurative and realistic drawing and painting. I spent a formative semester as a junior in high school at The Oxbow School in Napa, CA. At Oxbow, under the tutelage of several gifted artists and where the studios were seldom closed, I learned new skills and had the freedom to explore abstract expression and to paint on a very large scale.

In the few years since attending Oxbow, I have honed my unique blend of colorist, emotive abstraction and abstracted realism during brief stints in Great Barrington, MA; Los Angeles, CA; Salt Lake City, UT; Sedona, AZ, and for the last two years in Flagstaff, AZ. I am a university student and a preschool assistant teacher and sneak artmaking in whenever I can. I believe that color and place—both the real places I have lived and visited and the fictional ones I imagine—exert the most influence on my recent work.

In addition to making and looking at art, I love to travel, cook, read fantasy and science fiction novels, watch movies, and spend time in nature. I am passionate about environmental protection and sustainability and about social justice and mental health issues.

The story of the 🔺— The red triangle is something I started doodling in middle school. Red is my favorite color, and I remembered as a very young child drawing triangles with a scarlet Crayola crayon (my forever favorite crayon) and being obsessed with perfecting the equilateral triangle. Once I remembered that determined 5-yr-old’s mission, I began to draw the red triangle at the bottom of any piece of paper, even exam pages, on which I had drawn or doodled. It became my signature. Now it is simply a part of my work, and I consciously locate it where it makes the best effect.

Collections

Chattahoochee Nature Center, Roswell, GA

Private Collections in Albany, GA; Albuquerque, NM; Alexandria, VA; Asheville, NC; Athens, GA; Atlanta, GA; Augusta, GA; Austen, TX; Boston, MA; Brevard, NC; Columbia, SC; Fayetteville, AR; Flagstaff, AZ; Katonah, NY; Newland, NC; Philadelphia, PA; Portland, OR; Redwood City, CA; Sedona, AZ; Washington, DC; West Boylston, MA; and Geneva, Switzerland

Exhibitions

“Spring Art Show” The Oxbow School, Napa, CA, Group Exhibition, May 2018

“Cody Jones, Roots” Asa’s Alley Art Studio, Atlanta, GA, Solo Exhibition, October-December, 2020

“the world that has been given,” Jason McCoy Gallery with Artsy.net, Online Group Exhibition, February 2021

“Cody Jones: Recent Paintings,” Firecreek Coffee, Flagstaff, AZ, May-July 2021

”Cody Jones: Featured Artist,” Bookmans Café, Flagstaff, AZ, April 2022

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