Joe Jones

(1909-1963)     Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Jones was a self-taught artist known as a muralist, landscape painter and lithographer.  Many of his murals embraced the New Deal, rural labor generally and the wheat harvest specifically.  Early on he was associated with the Regionalist School and was an associate of Thomas Hart Benton.  Jones later absorbed and adopted more Modernist and Cubist ideas with themes supporting the labor movement in the United States.  He was shown in one-man shows in NYC and accessioned into the collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  TIME Magazine followed him throughout his career using his artwork for two of their covers in 1961.