THE ART OF FATHER AND SON AS ONE Jerome and Jeromyah Jones
HAMPTON UNIVERSITY MUSEUM
What do these “INGENIOUS ARTISTIC MINDS” have in common? Stevie Wonder, Cal Ripken, Jr., Shirley Chisholm, Bonnie Raitt, Arthur Ashe, Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Chuck Mangione, Muhammad Ali, Joe Gibbs, Michael Jordan, Dorothy I. Height, Neil Diamond, Lonnie Liston Smith, David Plouffe, Michael Vick, Elton John, Dr. Ben Carson, Anderson Cooper, Tramaine Hawkins, Steve Green, Roberta Flack, Kenny Rogers, Peabo Bryson, Jimmy Walker, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Ray Charles, B.B.King, Lavar Arrington, Alex Haley, Angela Bofill, Earth Wind & Fire, Martin Luther King, III., Miss America 2010, Caressa V. Cameron, Joe Sample, Dionne Warwick, Stephanie Mills, Stokeley Carmichael, Terry Bradshaw, Dick Gregory, Dr. Cornel West, Patrice Rushen, Christopher Cross, Serena Williams, Liberian President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Tony Brown, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson, Melissa Harris Perry, Dr. L.D. Britt, Johnny Mathis, Steve Harvey, Gill Scott Heron, and Nikki Giovanni. They and many others have met and have been painted by the artist, Jerome W. Jones, Jr.
After meeting and seeing Jerome’s art portfolio, The King of Pop, Michael Jackson said, “This is incredible. People need to see this.”
For over 30 years Jerome has been using his original paintings to teach “THE ART OF LIFE THROUGH THE LOVE OF ART” and to inspire the young and old to use their gifts to uplift others. His son, Jeromyah Jones is following in his father’s creative footsteps as a full time artist by “Living Our Visions Everyday.” Jerome received his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1980. Jeromyah is a 2011 Bachelor of Arts degree graduate in Comprehensive Art from Hampton University. They both received their art degrees in three years at the age of 21. This dynamic duo of father and son have made art a way of life as well as a creative way to make a living. They have exhibited across the nation their unique portraits and landscape paintings with a personal yet universal message that speaks to people from all walks of life.
In 2007 Governor Bob McDonnell (then Attorney General) presented the Y.O.U.T.H Award to Jeromyah as one of only four students in the state for his community service, academic, artistic achievements. When Dave Chappelle met Jeromyah and autographed the young artist’s portait painting of the comedian, He encouraged him and signed it “Keep painting kid.” Capital One featured Jerome and Jeromyah Jones’ artwork in 2009 with The Art of Father and Son as One. “Ingenous Artistic Minds, IAM” is a collection of portrait paintings by Jerome W. Jones, Jr. and autographed by many of the inspirational pioneers of our lifetime. “JARIETY” is a collection of figurative landscape paintings by Jeromyah Jones. He combines the Harlem renaissance with the Italian renaissance to usher in a 21st century renaissance through a new age of art to make the Classical Fashionable in these contemporary times.
Through the art from the heart of this father and son, they share the importance of art, history, education, faith, family, community, and philanthropy in a creative way to say “We are all artists called by The Master Artist to produce art in our chosen fields with the skill, the will, and the zeal to create new worlds of opportunity for others.” Stevie Wonder introduced and invited Jerome to come on stage with him to share his painting of the 8th Wonder of the World with his audience during his concert at Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. on December 4, 1979. The sold out audience gave them a standing ovation. This is a great opportunity for you to share one of the best kept secrets with the world. “There is an art to loving life and that love of life produces art from the heart that creates new worlds!”