North Shore Studio


Hector Jones was born in 1983 and has been a member of the Arts of Life since 2012.

Jones’s art practice is dedicated to his interest in pop culture figures from music and film. Jones’s portrait style is monochromatic, featuring soft black points and gentle shading.

“I enjoy taking the time out to highlight, put lines in there, because then there’s some depth in there and it changes up the expressions in their facial features.”

Though Jones typically works with graphite, he occasionally layers black ink into his drawings for contrast. Occasional use of color conveys the bold personas of the subjects he renders. Backgrounds populated with the waved lines and geometric patterns, reminiscent of the 1980’s era, infuse his work with energy. Jones’s drawings are made with great care and are often characterized with large, soulful eyes. Most often the gaze of his subject is averted from the viewer, permitting their voyeuristic gaze.

“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