‘Future Imperfect’ was exhibited in the Geelong Acquisitive Print Awards exhibition of September 2019, in which the artist was selected as a finalist. Jones’ series of small lithographs offer haunting imagery of the endless news cycle that he dubs ‘newstainment’. His incisive political commentary goes beyond the documentary in these works, taking a stream-of-consciousness approach that captures the zeitgeist as well as a dark, personal response to it. ‘Future Imperfect’ is one of three new lithographs printed at Sunshine Editions in Melbourne using a Chine-collé technique that allows the vivid blue to come through like a ghost.
Born in New Zealand and now living in Australia, Locust Jones works have been primarily influenced by his travels and close his attention and concern to current world political issues. With an animated and expressive energy he compulsively draws in ink, arranging on large-scale panoramic sheets of paper and in universal proportions his papiermâché globes, text-based imagery, expressive, scrawled drawings of haunted and tortured faces from the rubble and confusion of war torn cities. Jones exhibits throughout New Zealand and Australia, and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Germany, and Lebanon. His works are held in numerous public and private collections throughout New Zealand and Australia.