About The Artist

imageMichael Jones, was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England in 1956 and came to Australia with his parents and his sister, Carole, in 1968.
Michael has painted and drawn since an early age and has steadily strived to learn more. As Picasso once  said, "You don't become an artist, you are one!"
having lived in the western suburbs of Sydney for many years, he moved to Broken Hill, NSW, in 1989, with the NSW Police Force.  There, he became friends with Pro Hart, they found that they had some things in common, they both painted and had a love of motorcycles, (Michael was a motorcycle officer for over 5 years) Pro was Michael's landlord and used to sell his paintings in the Anthill Gallery in Broken Hill.
   Whilst living in that outback city, Michael became friends with quite a few of the outback artists, Howard Steer, Shane Gehlert, Kym Hart, Peter Browne and Michael's mentor, Clark Barrett.  By visiting all these different artists and absorbing  all the advice and instruction, Michael's paintings have developed and are continuing to develope, his confidence with colour, tone and shape have come ahead in leaps and bounds since his first encounter with Broken Hill.
   Over the years, Michael has moved to different locations around Australia, In 1998, after an accident during a high speed pursuit, Michael was pensioned off from the Police.
  In 1999, Michael moved back to Broken Hill, living in an old miners cottage in Morgan Street,  re-ignited old friendships and continued to paint the colours of the outback which he loves so much. In 2001, he got itchy feet again and purchased an old gallery and cottage in the tin mining town of Derby, Tasmania, where he continued to sell his paintings but with a Tasmanian slant on them,he sold the gallery in 2003,moved to Maroochydore, QLD, where he now paints full time. 

Exhibitions and Publications.



1989     group show           Artist’s Cavern Gallery                         Broken Hill 
1989  ‘draw your own conclusions’  East end Gallery                   Broken Hill

1990    group show                 Anthill Gallery                                     Broken Hill 

1991 ‘brush with the bush’    Wirrimbirra sanctuary                      Tahmoor

1992    group show            MairPottery                                              Mittagong

1993    group show               Bundanoon Gallery                              Bundanoon

1995  one man show               Geo Styles Gallery                              Sydney

1996   ’Flying Doctor show’   Horizon Gallery/Wentworth hotel       Sydney
1997      one man show                 Mair pottery                                  Mittagong 
1998  “Pro Hart and friends’     Anthill Gallery                                   Newcastle
1999   group show                    Horizon Gallery                                   Silverton

2000  ’Pro Hart and friends’    Anthill Gallery                                      Mildura

2000  group show                Paragon Gallery                  Macclesfield, England

2001   group show         Peter Browne gallery                         Salamander Bay

2002  one man show               Red Door Gallery                               Derby.  Tas

2003  group show                  Tree Frog Gallery                                  Maleny

2004  group show                  Tree Frog Gallery                                  Maleny

2005  group show                   Tree Frog Gallery                                 Maleny


1985 to 1995  NSW Police magazine   “In the Job’  numerous drawings and illustrations .

1986 to 1995  Australian Police Journal, numerous drawings and cover illustrations.

1988 to 1990  Australasian Police  Historical magazine, numerous drawings and illustrations.

2000 Artists Palette magazine, issue number 17, Feature artist, eight pages of demonstrations and article.

2008 Utes Annual, article about art project I am involved with,

2009 'TopGear'  magazine, article about ’utesinthepaddock’                                        

2010 Artists Palette magazine, issue number 80, Feature artist, front cover, number of pages of stories and a demonstration painting.