Crispin Thornton Jones is an English landscape and portrait artist working in south Herefordshire
Crispin Thornton Jones studied graphic design at the London School of Printing followed by fine art and printmaking at the Byam Shaw. After leaving college, he spent several years painting landscapes on the Island of Mull, in Scotland. Since that time he has lived and worked in the Black Mountains region of South Herefordshire, painting both portraits and the landscape of the southern Marches, which provides him with endless inspiration.
Amongst other notable commissions, the artist has painted Miss Pears for Pears Soap, Wormsley Park for Sir John Getty, Sir Eric Sharp, chairman of Cable and Wireless, and a postumous portrait of Garfield Weston. He has shown many times in London and was with Aberbach's Savile Row for five years. He has been a regular contributor to the Royal Society of Portrait Painters and the Royal Academy annual exhibitions.
As well as his work as a landscape and portrait painter, the artist has a great interest in the ancient buildings of the Marches and has, over the years, carefully restored six houses. Crispin and his paintings of the Golden Valley featured on ITV's Heart of the Country in 2002.
Crispin opened The Black Hill Gallery in Hay-on-Wye in January 2006, to provide a home for his work. The Gallery closed in July 2012 and will be relocating later in the year.
Previous exhibitions and events
Malvern Festival Theatre 1979
'Miss Pears' unveiling, Royal Academy 1980
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 1983-88
Royal Society of Portrait Painters 1979-94
Hereford City Museum 1979, 1980
Aberbach Fine Art, Savile Row, London 1980-84
Alpine Club, Mayfair 1984
Sotherby's, Motcomb Street 1985
Stephen Richard Gallery, New York 1986
Society of Designers, London 1988
'An English Flavour' published in 1988
Yew Tree Gallery, Stroud 1995
Hankins Gallery, Lansing, Michigan 1996
Barny Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut 1997
James Coleman Fine Art, London 1997
'The Millenium Rose', Bishops Palace, Hereford 1999
Great Brampton House, Madley, Hereford 1999
'Wormsley Park' commission for Jean Paul Getty 2000
'Recent and Retrospective' Hereford City Museum 2001
'The Sea, the Sea' Left Bank Gallery, Hereford 2001
Tidal Wave Gallery, Hereford 1995 -2002
ITV's 'Heart of the Country' 2002
Reception Gallery (Lawrence Graham) Strand, London, May 2003
'Green and Pleasant Land', Brian Sinfield Gallery, Burford, 2004
Tidal Wave Gallery, Hereford, March 2005
Black Hill Gallery, Hay-on-Wye 2006-2012