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Frederick D. Jones Watercolor Painting

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Frederick D. Jones (Chicago, 1913-1996)
Watercolor painting on paper
Signed to lower left

Frederick D. Jones (1913-1996) was a prolific, Chicago artist whose career spanned more than five decades. During his formative years, when a gritty, urban, social realism dominated the work of African American artists, Jones developed a dreamy, romantic style of fantasy. His artwork was exhibited and marketed across the country and was widely collected. However, like many talented African American artists of his generation, he received little recognition in the mainstream art world and his death went largely unnoticed.

Jones appears to have been born in 1913 in Raleigh, North Carolina, possibly to a Frederick Douglass Jones and Lula Jones. He has been referred to by a number of names, including Fred Jones, Frederic Jones, Frederick Douglas Jones, Frederick D. Jones, Frederick D. Jones, Jr., and, in the 1920 US Census, perhaps FDJ Jones. All or most of his pre-teen years probably were spent in the seaport town of Georgetown, South Carolina. At a very young age, he began doodling, emulating tourist artists who sketched and painted harbor scenes. ’It intrigued me,” he recalled. ’I thought that I might like to do this one day. I got hooked.”

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- stains to liner; wear to frame.


13.75" W x 16.75" H x 1.25" D

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