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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Architect

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/27/1942
Birth Location:
Shreveport, Louisiana

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
BusinessMakers
Occupation(s):
Painter
Architect

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Burgundy
Favorite Food:
Fish
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Anywhere Near Water
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
6/27/1942
Birth Location:
Shreveport
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Biography

Artist and inventor Nathan Jones was born on June 27, 1942, in Shreveport, Louisiana, to Bertha Lee Jones and Eunice Jones. When Jones was young, his family moved to West Dallas, Texas, where he lived with his cousin, Helen. With the encouragement of his mother, he began painting at the age of seven. Jones attended George Washington Carver grade school, then CF Carr, and Fanny C. Harris schools. Jones went to James Madison High School, where he met his future wife. After his high school graduation, Jones attended Texas Southern University, where he first became aware of another black artist, Dr. John Biggers.

After attending Texas Southern University, Jones moved to Columbus College of Art and Design, where he learned about art history and theory. He entered the University of Texas at Arlington, where he studied two years of architecture, earning a two-year certification in architecture; he also earned his B.F.A. degree while attending the University of Texas at Arlington. Jones also attended El Centro College,the University of Dallas for special training in lithography, Eastfield College in order to study printing and also Richland College. He spent a total of ten years in school studying. In 1975, Jones’s first museum show was held at the Midland Museum of Fine Arts; he was an instant success, selling around twenty-five paintings for $30,000. Jones continued to have shows in Houston throughout the 1970s and became financially successful.

In 1981, Jones designed a commemorative U.S. postage stamp for Dr. Charles Drew; that same year, Jones became the creator of the cover for the 1981-82 Southwestern Bell Telephone Directory. Jones had been interested in inventions since childhood, and as an adult began to strive towards patenting some of his own. Jones invented a simple device called the Multi Caddy, which cleans most golf equipment; he then founded MultiGolf Systems International of Texas, LP, a company devoted to selling his invention. Subsequently Jones has patented a total of five inventions which have gone into production for commercial retail. In 1992, Jones founded N.J.K. Properties, Inc., beginning his own architectural business and designing a number of buildings in Texas, which include the Fitzhugh Apartment Complex. Jones has also developed an authentic historical art series, the Buffalo Soldier Series, based on nine years of research into the history of African American soldiers.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Nathan Jones lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Nathan Jones describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Nathan Jones recalls his paternal grandfather, who was born into slavery
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Nathan Jones talks about his family's land in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Nathan Jones describes his family community in Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Nathan Jones describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Nathan Jones describes his parents' personalities
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Nathan Jones remembers his early work experiences
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Nathan Jones describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Nathan Jones describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Nathan Jones talks about the racial demographics of Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Nathan Jones talks about housing segregation in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Nathan Jones describes his family's involvement in the Civil Rights Movement
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Nathan Jones talks about the mass incarceration of African Americans in Texas
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Nathan Jones remembers his early interest in art
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Nathan Jones describes his elementary schools in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Nathan Jones recalls his early artistic influences
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Nathan Jones remembers lessons from his schoolteachers
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Nathan Jones describes the start of his painting career
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Nathan Jones recalls enrolling at Texas Southern University in Houston, Texas
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Nathan Jones recalls transferring to the Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Nathan Jones describes his experiences at the Columbus College of Art and Design
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Nathan Jones recalls his medical exemption from U.S. military service
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Nathan Jones remembers earning his degree in art
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Nathan Jones recalls studying architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Nathan Jones remembers his professional aspirations
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Nathan Jones recalls his art show at Reverchon Park in Dallas, Texas
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Nathan Jones talks about earning a living as an artist
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Nathan Jones describes his beliefs about material goods
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Nathan Jones describes his artistic style and process
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Nathan Jones describes the chemicals he uses in painting
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Nathan Jones talks about researching the subjects of his paintings
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Nathan Jones describes his postage stamp designs
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Nathan Jones recalls his commission to paint 'Now What Did I Do With That Nutmeg?'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Nathan Jones remembers inventing the Multicaddie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Nathan Jones talks about the success of the Multicaddie
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Nathan Jones describes his ambitions for Multigolf Systems International
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Nathan Jones talks about his plans for the future
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Nathan Jones describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Nathan Jones reflects upon his life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Nathan Jones reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Nathan Jones talks about his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Nathan Jones describes how he would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Nathan Jones narrates his photographs and paintings