Earl Sampson Jones (b. 1956)
Born and raised on Galveston Island, Earl S. Jones demonstrated his passion for art as early as the age of three. Sketching and painting detailed pictures to the wonderment of those who viewed them. During his elementary school years, Jones’s teachers noticed his artistic talents and encouraged him to continue to express himself through art. As a sixth grader, Jones received recognition when he won first and second place in a local contest. He created a scene of beach goers including surfers of ALL skin colors and nationalities surfing together. What a significant message of unity and forethought this artist expressed at such young age...at such an appropriate time in our history. After all it was the 1960's. Winning that contest fueled and solidified Jones’s passion for art. This proved to him that "yes" he could reveal his deepest thoughts and feelings through the use of his hands. That he could express the human experience, not only for himself, but countless others throughout the world.
Jones's commitment to that quest continued while a student a Ball Senior High School in Galveston, TX. While attending high school he was honored to have his art work exhibited on The Strand at Galveston Island, one of the most visited and toured streets in the Southwest. Jones received scholarships from both the Ford Foundation and Moody Foundation to continue his studies in art. Later, he completed his Bachelor of Fine Art Degree at Texas Southern University, where he studied under Dr. John T. Biggers, internationally acclaimed painter, muralist, teacher, philosopher, and Professor Caroll Simms, acclaimed sculptor, potter, teacher. Jones considers both faithful mentors who, over the course of time, provided endless inspiration for him. While at Texas Southern University, he became a member of Ancient Nubian Art Society (ANAS).
Since 1978, Jones has created murals, both public and private, as a tool for artistic expression for a large diversity of subjects and themes, including ones at Hannah Hall at Texas Southern University-Houston, TX, and West Hall at Central High School- Little Rock, AR. Additionally, Jones has been a prolific painter, with a creative body of watercolors and oils painted on canvas and various textiles, ranging from still lifes to landscapes to portrait painting. His paintings can be found in the permanent art collections of the Brazoria Historical Museum, Brazoria, TX and Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.
Having painted for over 30 years, in 2009, Jones turned his focus to sculpture using trees that are destroyed as a result of a natural disaster, such as Hurricane Ike and Hurricane Harvey. He is able to transform the remnants of these trees into artistic and charming expressions of strength, recovery and hope for the communities. These works can be found in the Historic District in Galveston, Texas, and numerous private collections throughout the Texas Gulf Coast.
Jones currently resides in Hitchcock, TX and is continuing to make wood sculptures, especially in the wake of Hurricane Harvey in Fall 2017, which he recently exhibited in an alumni exhibition at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX. Throughout his career, he exhibited works at: First Southwest Black Art Exhibit, Houston, TX; Modern Art Foundry, Houston, TX; Fannin Street First Unitarian Church, Houston, TX; Galveston Art Exhibit on the Strand, Galveston, TX; Texas Southern University, Houston, TX; University of Texas Medical Branch Library, Galveston, TX; Black Arts Alliance, Houston, TX; Juried Texas Black Artist, Austin, Texas (Awarded Best Of Show); National Society of Artist 33rd Juried Exhibition; Nubian Art Society, Texas Southern University; and the Galveston Art League, Galveston, TX.
Biographical and Career Highlights
• 1956 Born in Galveston, TX
• 1974-8 Attended Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
• 1980-Present Began working as a professional painter
• 1978-Present Began creating public murals
• 1988-1990 Worked as Illustrator for the School of Allied Health Sciences, UTMB Medical Branch, Galveston, TX
• 1998 Graduated with B.F.A. from Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
• 2009-Present Works as Public Sculptor
• Currently resides in Hitchcock, TX
2017-18 Homecoming: The 8th Biannual Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.
2015-16 Homecoming: The Seventh Biennial Art Alumni Exhibition, The University Museum, Texas Southern University, Houston, TX.
Selected Public Murals
Hannah Hall at Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
West Hall at Central High School, Little Rock, AR
Selected Public Collections
• Brazoria Historical Museum, Brazoria, TX
• Historic District, Galveston, TX
• Texas Southern University, Houston, TX
The ability to draw, paint, and sculpt from a wide range of influences and techniques provide me with the freedom to create without limitations. My work illustrates dexterity resulting in a prolific portfolio of diverse art; rich with color and textures. Art is aesthetics with a message. It reveals a sense of life's profound experiences.