Jones, Jeffrey

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(1944-2011) American artist born Jeffrey Durwood Jones; he originally used the working name Jeff Jones, and he later lived as a female under the name Jeffrey Catherine Jones. After some initial work for Comic books in the mid-1960s, he began producing an amazing number of covers for various publishers, often illustrating works of Sword and Sorcery. His work immediately stood out for its regular use of a soft focus and subdued colours; one representative example was his cover for the 1969 Avon edition of Stanley G Weinbaum's The New Adam (1939), showing an undressed man holding the planet Earth and a glowing atom against a murky purple-and-red background. He also painted magazine covers for the magazines Amazing Stories and Fantastic. During the 1970s, he took on fewer assignments, including an evocative cover for Roger Zelazny's collection The Doors of His Face, the Lamps of His Mouth and Other Stories (coll 1974) illustrating "A Rose for Ecclesiastes" (November 1963 F&SF) by showing a pale figure holding a red rose. He also drew a comic strip in The National Lampoon from 1972 and 1975, and in the early 1980s he had a recurring strip in Heavy Metal. As he came to socialize more with comics artists, Jones joined Michael William Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, and Berni Wrighton in 1975 to form an artists' collective known as the Studio; their work together was commemorated in a 1979 book of that name.

Jones's steadily diminishing output in the 1980s and 1990s seemingly reflected his growing depression and alcoholism, although he continued to produce noteworthy works, such as his image of "Tarzan Rescues the Moon" for a 1998 calendar that earned him a Spectrum Award. He finally resolved to address his problems by beginning hormone therapy in 1998 to assume a new identity as a woman, rechristening herself Jeffrey Catherine Jones. Later, however, she regretted this decision, suffering a nervous breakdown in 2001 before recovering to produce some new artwork before her death in 2011. Nominated for the Hugo for Best Professional Artist three years in a row (1970-1972), Jones received a World Fantasy Award in 1986 and the Grandmaster Spectrum Award in 2006. [GW]

Jeffrey Durwood Jones; later Jeffrey Catherine Jones

born Atlanta, Georgia: 10 January 1944

died 19 May 2011



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