Ms Jone$ was born in the middle of the 20th century and schooled in Salisbury, Rhodesia now Zimbabwe. She emigrated to South Africa in 1979.
Over the years she has put her hand to countless skills and mastered many. She undertakes private commissions from clients locally and internationally and continues to make artworks in numerous mediums, including bronze, ceramic, polyurethane, fashion, jewellry design and food art.
Ms Jone$ is self-taught. She has a wicked sense of humor and exceptional talent. Her latest artpieces are political satire figurines and she has recently completed her first bronze collection; The Big Five.
She has recently exhibited this collection in a Private Exhibition in Constantia alongside, Kenyan artist – Dominique Thoenes.
Exhibited at : Youngblood / First Thursday alongside several South African artists
Reverie Social Table – Wall Display and Observatory Thursday Art Initiative July 2017
Luxemburg Art Fair competion 2016
About the artist
As a self-taught artist I have acquired and mastered many skills over the years working with artists in film, fashion, food and design. My educational background has not equipped me with the ability to write about my work or easily read art, historical or political documents. However, I live in Africa and all that I see and do manifests in my art and represents a visual mythology of this time. As a proud African, I was motivated to try and encapsulate and honour some of the most Noble and not so Noble among us.
I hope that what I have managed to write here will suffice – I cannot pretend to be what I am not.
There is a long tradition of caricature and the work which strives to create a thinking agenda surrounding the political figureheads of all countries but is often most potent in places where power is a struggle and the actual human struggle for survival of many comes at the cost of silence or a representative history edited by fear of exposure.
My work is not intended as a personal manifesto – albeit subjects who are people in power or icons of political history in Africa- but a series of observations made with love – the sculptures have accrued symbols and patinas that make them who they are – this is not an agenda of aggressive political strategy but simply humanity adorned, often to me finishing with what has turned out to be a surprising degree of humour.
My travels throughout Africa (Cape Town to Cairo) both inspire and keep the spirit of critical living alive. The people I meet are the same people who help me tell the story within the works that I do.
Joni Foster aka msjone$
The Big Five
Prices on request
PLEASE VISIT OUR POSTER SHOP WHERE ONE CAN PURCHASE LIMITED EDITION PRINTS OF THIS COLLECTION AND OTHER WORKS FROM THIS ARTIST. THE PRINTS ARE AVAILABLE IN SEVERAL SIZES AND CAN BE FRAMED TO CUSTOMER SPECIFICATIONS. PRINTED ON FINE QUALITY ART, PHOTOGRAPHIC OR CANVAS AND SIGNED BY THE ARTIST.THE PHOTOGRAPHS WERE TAKEN BY ANTONIA STEYN, WHO WORKS IN SOUTH AFRICA AND ABROAD.
This is an individual piece made by the artist as a test with a new art product and art form. It was created using Chavant wax, her first armature, bronze casting and is modeled on Nelson Mandela . The piece does not form part of the Big 5 collection, for many reasons, but it was the inspiration the artist needed to follow this path in her career. This piece was inspired by world famous cartoonist – Zapiro.
This remarkable piece of art is part of her personal collection. One can contact the artist through our website for further information.
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 . Wikipedia