We never knew Mr. Frank Jones, but his is a tale of existing the best a person can in a not a so good situation.
Frank Jones was from Clarksville, Texas. He was a kind uneducated man who was born with a veiled eye which gave him second sight. By all accounts, Mr. Jones probably suffered from a learning disability and thus got himself in situations which resulted in him ending up in the Texas Huntsville Prison.
While in the prison, he cleaned up in the accounting office and began to fill his time executing drawings using the old style blue and red accounting pencils of smiling haints in spiked prison cells. He explained that the friendly haints were welcoming you in to get you in trouble.
At one point his artwork was entered in a prison art show as a joke by one of the prison guards. Mr. Jones took first prize and this led to a lifetime friendship of a gallerist whom sold his work, gave him encouargement, and brought him supplies.
He sold his work not only through his new friend, but also at the prison art shows.
His work ranges from the years of 1964-69 when he then sadly passed away while still in prison and others were working on getting him released.
We are lucky enough to currently have 3 beautiful Frank Jones pieces in our inventory. Please email us to see them all and get details of size and pricing.