The documentary “Jim Jones: Red Rock Painter” about the extraordinary landscape artist Jim Jones will air on KUED Channel 7, a PBS affiliate, on March 22, 2010 at 9 p.m. The documentary will air immediately after the KUED production “Maynard Dixon: To the Desert Again.” Jones has been compared to Dixon in his passion for and number of paintings of the red rock.
The documentary was produced by SUU communication professor Jon Smith and English professor James Aton.
Jim Jones died on December 7, 2009 and was buried on the same day his “Recent Works” exhibit closed at the Braithwaite Gallery on SUU campus. Jones donated his last paintings and his home for the establishment of the Southern Utah Museum of Art.
“Jimmie Jones: Red Rock Painter,” is a thirty-minute documentary shot on location in southern Utah and northern Arizona and at the artist’s spectacular home in Rockville, Utah. It includes enlightening quotes from Jones as well as important perspectives from Jones’ sister, brother, and niece; an art professor, museum directors and curators; gallery owners, managers, and patrons. In a nearly fifty year career supporting himself solely as an artist, Cedar City native Jim Jones has established a reputation as one of the very best ever to paint Zion and the Grand Canyon. Jones attracts collectors of his art from all over the United and States as well as from Europe. His large canvasses sell for tens of thousands of dollars.
The documentary not only documents the life and art of a significant Utah artist, but it also serves as a teaching tool for high school and college art teachers to show their students how a middle class boy from a small Utah town rose to become a prominent artist. Jimmie Jones died a month after the completion of the documentary.
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A copy of the thirty-minute documentary can be purchased on-line at http://suu.edu/hss/comm/sutv