Paul Osborne Jones (1921-97) Australia

Biographical Information

Born in New South Wales in 1921, Paul Jones studied at the East Sydney Technical College.

He served with the AIF in New Guinea during World War II. Although his landscapes, mainly of the Morobe and Highlands Provinces, and figurative New Guinea paintings became exceptionally popular.

He is best known for his floral studies, especially of camellias, which have gained him a world wide reputation. In the 1970 and 1980s Paul Jones visited Papua New Guinea frequently and completed an extensive collection of orchid painting. These paintings are rarely offered for sale. The orchid plants that were used for the paintings were usually provided by Geoff Elworthy, an arts patron and orchid breeder in Port Moresby and G. Hermon Slade.

In addition,he painted orchids from the University of Papua New Guinea botanical garden, that was curated by Andrea Millar. He has illustrated several flower books and his floral prints are in constant demand.

His works are represented in many state and provincial collections. Paul Jones died in 1997. Edit or add to this biography

Market Information

Magnolia Denudata
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Magnolia Denudata
Gouache on paper, 54.5 x 35 cm
Important Australian Art, Sotheby's, Sydney.
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 Total number soldNumber with imagesHighest priceRecent average price*
Paintings9945A$5,750 A$517
Works on Paper16987A$15,860 A$1,602
Prints & Graphics95A$360 N/A
Photographs93A$747 N/A

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