North Shore Studio


Hector Jones joined Arts of Life in 2012. Years of dedication have cultivated a praxis that explores his fascination with contemporary pop culture figures. Each work is preceded with a sketch that often rivals his final work in grace and detail. These careful studies eventually morph into finished mixed media works; often in graphite with gentle black points and delicate shading. Hector renders his subjects with equal measures of reverence and authenticity. Figures gaze at the viewer with soulful eyes that contradict the glamour of stage costumes. He exposes a truthfulness through concerted expressions and emaciated bodies. Hector, himself, is larger than life—vivacious and and outspoken. Yet he is also endlessly kind and achingly sincere. This internal dichotomy manifests directly into his artwork.

“People may awe over the fact that I do draw good. It’s not just the money. It’s just the expression on people’s faces. It’s just the factor that people awe over it. I want to awe people.”

Jones is also a member of the studio’s band, Van Go Go. Known amongst his fellow bandmates and fans as “Sketch,” Jones writes songs for Van Go Go. He also lends his vocal talents, singing and rapping on several tracks.

Selected Exhibits

A is for Artist

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago, IL - 2017

Drawn to Art

Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI - 2017

Permanent Collection

The Waisman Foundation, Madison, WI - 2017

5th Annual Hidden Truths

Grey Matter Museum of Art, Costa Mesa, CA - 2016