North Shore Studio


Hector Jones joined Arts of Life in 2012. Years of dedication have cultivated a praxis of methodical, portrait-based artwork. Jones studies the nuances of facial expressions and presents them to the viewer with vulnerability. His artistic expression is authentically personal whether rendering himself, loved ones, or pop culture figures.

“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.”

His style is rooted in low contrast graphite drawings punctuated with colored pencil and ink. For Jones, art making functions as a reprieve from the stresses of every day life.

“I won’t get stressed out about anything—or I just can get away with not thinking about anything. Period. So I just like doing that.”

Jones is also a member of the studio’s band, Van Go Go. He has exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center and the Chazen Museum of Art in Wisconsin. Jones was also interviewed in a Chicago Athletic Association podcast featuring Arts of Life.

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