Jason Jones

Coloring our world

Posted: October 22, 2017 at 1 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK "He is a hometown guy. He understands both the culture of Fayetteville and what it's like to live here and be a part of this dynamic community, but also has a sense of art on a more global scale." -- Molly Collier Rawn, executive director, Experience Fayetteville
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NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK "He is a hometown guy. He understands both the culture of Fayetteville and what it's like to live here and be a part of this dynamic community, but also has a sense of art on a more global scale." -- Molly Collier Rawn, executive director, Experience Fayetteville

It's a little startling how quickly and vibrantly artist Jason Jones' work has permeated so many parts of Northwest Arkansas. He painted his first outdoor mural in 2014 -- a shyly smiling robot with a feathered friend in hand -- on the side of a building located in the "S" curve of Archibald Yell Boulevard in Fayetteville, and more followed in quick succession: the "Enjoy Local" mural right outside the Fayetteville Town Center, painted at the behest of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotions Commission; a gigantic octopus mural on the side of a building on South Walton Boulevard in Bentonville; and a jackrabbit wearing a gas mask on the wall of 545 W. Center St. in Fayetteville as part of the "Green Candy" public art initiative.

Through Others’ Eyes

Jason Jones

“I find that most people have many motivations — this is true for Jason. There is the motivation to be creative. To do what you love. To do what you’re good at. His passion is always a motivation. To please his audience. To make a viable income. To have a successful business. Perfectionism (both a driving force and a handicap). To have fun. To model for our child (work ethic, creativity). To make a statement. To start a conversation. To make a space beautiful. To give to his community.” — Robin Caudle Jones

“When we launched Green Candy [public art project] it was crucial to us, and something we were very passionate about, to include local artists. When Jason submitted his proposal, he nailed it. He got the theme with all of these different layers in ways I had not even thought about. He is very down to earth and very kind, as well as being incredibly talented. Throughout the whole process, he kept us focused on the mission and on the point. He brought such a positive spirit and was a joy to work with.” — Molly Collier Rawn

“He’s an old school illustrator. He’s not someone who is trendy or superficial — he’s the real deal. When I see his art, it’s not just that it looks nice — I’m actually seeing someone who has taken the time to master something. What he’s doing reflects years of work. His warm images brighten our environment a lot — I turned the corner and unexpectedly saw his mural in Bentonville and smiled as soon as I saw it. It’s nice to see these pieces of his personality out in the community. ” — Chad Maupin

“Jason sees the value of art in our community. I think he’d agree that it’s a unique way to show the rest of the world who we are.” — Hannah Withers

Next Week

Daymara Baker

Fayetteville

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