Locust Jones

Locust Jones was born in Christchurch, 1963, and is now based in the Blue Mountains, Australia.

There is a captivating frenzy to Jones prints; cut energetically from large sheets of wood with power tools and chisels. Figures, helicopters, fences and animals jostle within the image, often enveloped in attention grabbing colours.

Locust has exhibited widely including New Zealand, India, Australia, Lebanon and the United States of America. Jones often represents political unrest in his work and in 1999 and 2004 was invited to Lebanon to produce artwork, which was subsequently exhibited as Amnesia Beyrouth in Brooklyn, New York in 2004.

In 2010 Locust was the winner of the Bold Horizon National Contemporary Art Award. Known for its controversial winners, Jones won this award with his entry of four handmade papier-mache orbs inspired by world events.

Locust has participated in numerous museum exhibitions including: Art Gallery of South Australia, Heidi Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne and Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. His work is held in major public collections including: Art Gallery of New South Wales; Art Gallery of South Australia; Artbank; Bathurst Regional Art Gallery; National Gallery of Victoria; Australian War Memorial; Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand; James Wallace Trust, Auckland, New Zealand; National Gallery of Australia; Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery; Kunstwerk Museum; Collection of Peter W. and Alison Klein, Stuttgart, Germany and the Shepparton Art Museum.


Born: Christchurch

Lives and works in the Blue Mountains, Australia.


Masters of Visual Arts, Sydney College of the Arts, Sydney University

Solo Exhibitions (selected)

Waiting for News, Bett Gallery, Hobart

Situation Room, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

The Stuff of Life, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

Trouble on the range, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
Back to the Dark Ages, 4hr Durational Drawing Performance, MCA, Sydney
Dark Ages, Maitland Regional Art Gallery, NSW
Season of Unreason, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania

Back to the dark ages, Art Central Hong Kong, Solo Project for Dominik Mersch Gallery

City of Sydney Public Art Commission for the Juanita Neilson Community Centre
Screenshots, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney
A week in the life of the world, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba, New South           Wales
Brainfog, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Victoria

Burn Freeze, David Krut Projects, NY, USA
Made in Johannesburg, Solander, Wellington, NZ
Lifters and Leaners, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Tasmania
descent into the mass media maelstrom, Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin, Germany

24HR News Feed, Christchurch Art Gallery, Christchurch, New Zealand
Steep Descent, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, Australia

Boycott, Isolate, Sabotage, Whitespace, Auckland, New Zealand
some mistakes were perhaps made, Bathurst Regional Art Gallery, New South Wales

Asia one, Hong Kong art fair for Dominik Mersch Gallery.
Revolt, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney

Mediated By The Media, White Space, Auckland, New Zealand
Lozenge of dawn, 24Hr Art, Darwin, Australia
Elevating a disastrous situation into a catastrophe, MOP Projects, Sydney, Australia
Untitled, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

Group Exhibitions (selected)

Art as Conflict, Australian War Memorial, S.H Ervin Gallery Observatory Hill, Sydney

Critical Mass, the art of planetary health, Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Katoomba
Guns to Roses, Maitland Regional Art Gallery
Curators Choice, Solander Gallery, Wellington, NZ

Dobell Drawing Prize, National Art School, Sydney
The Fall, Dominik Mersch Gallery, Sydney, NSW 2018 Disrupt, Whitespace, Auckland , NZ
Dobell Australian Drawing Biennale, AGNSW, Sydney
Bove – Expat, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany

Disrupt, Whitespace, Auckland, New Zealand
Dobell Drawing Biennale, Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney
BOVE/EXPAT, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany

Giving Voice, Devonport Regional Art Gallery, Tasmania

MCA ARTBAR Four hour Durational Performance with Tim Bruniges and Hirofumi Uchino
Giving Voice, Flinders University Gallery, Adelaide

Geelong Print Prize, Hutchins works on paper prize
Burnie Print Prize, Burnie Regional Gallery,Tasmania
Modern art projects, Everglades, Leura, NSW
Giving voice, Touring exhibition, Gosford Regional Gallery
Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Vienna, Austria

Open Studio 18th Street Arts Centre, California, USA
Jacaranda Drawing Award, Grafton, Regional Gallery, NSW
Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle, WA
Redlands Art Award, Sydney, Aus
Giving Voice, Salamanca Arts Centre, Hobart, Tas
Nature Nurture, Karen Woodbury Gallery
A General Map of caves, Hawkesbury Regional Art Gallery, Sydney, Aus

Galerie Patrick Ebensperger, Berlin, Germany
Down to the line, Bett Gallery, Hobart, Australia
Fremantle Print Award, Fremantle, WA
Unsettled, Recent acquisitions of Australian Contemporary art, Art Gallery of South     Australia
Fauvette Laurio Travelling Art Scholarship, SCA, Sydney University, Aus

The Lookout, National Art School Gallery, Sydney
Excavation, The Armory, Sydney Olympic Park, Sydney
Drawing the line, Whitespace, Auckland, New Zealand
Through your eyes, Korean Cultural Foundation, Sydney

5 x 3, Kunstraum Dusseldorf, Germany
Sub Text, Carriageworks, Sydney, Australia

FreeHand, Museum of Modern Art, Heide, Victoria, Australia
Navigators, Karen Woodbury Gallery, Melbourne, Australia
No right turn, Penrith Regional Gallery & The Lewers Bequest, Sydney, Australia

Public Collections

Australian War Memorial Museum, Canberra, Australia
Art Gallery of South Australia
Art Gallery of New South Wales
Art Bank, Australia
National Gallery of Australia
National Gallery of Victoria
Kedumba contemporary drawing collection, Australia
Bathurst Regional Art Gallery
University of Wollongong, Australia
Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand
James Wallace Trust, Auckland, New Zealand
Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery
Kunstwerk Museum, Collection of Peter W. and Alison Klein, Stuttgart/Eberdingen, Germany.
Tweed River Regional gallery
Sydney University
Grafton Regional Gallery
Shepparton Art Museum, Victoria, Aus