“I have seen things in this life that I am incapable of translating into words. In my practice I have visited realms where the imagination ends, and the terrifying beauty of infinity unfolds over and over again. If I could distill into words exactly what motivates me to create the art that I make than it would not be worth making it. Instead I have chosen the Pen. Honestly I don’t know why I make this art, or what compels me to keep creating it; it’s a mystery I intend to pursue for the rest of my life, and each image brings me closer to the Ultimate Truth.” -Android Jones, 2013
Android Jones, revered as a digital alchemist, is known for his creations of mind expanding artwork that reach into the viewers deepest depth of consciousness. Using intricate digital setups, Jones expounds layered psychedelic pieces of live art that combine earthly tones and geometric patterns. Having grown up on a secluded farm in Lyons, Colorado, (where he still currently resides) making art in his digitally pimped-out barn, Jones attained influence from the natural world which surrounded him. Often having to entertain himself, he resorted to art as his creative outlet.
At 11 years old, Andrew Jones underwent brain surgery for an aneurysm-like condition, resulting in an emotional loss of safety and trust for the world at large. However it also resulted in his visionary trust in modern technology, which has so greatly impacted his life, and his career. On the subject he says, “the one thing I gained was a lot of trust in technology. High-tech innovations and science saved my life, and while I was pulling away from the world, I could trust my solitude my imagination and drawing.” (2015)
At the age of 7, the Colorado artist was put into art classes and private lessons. He proceeded with his formal training in later years by attending the Ringling School of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. He funded his schooling by doing portraiture for tourists and people on the streets for several years. After graduating in 2000, he paid off the rest of his loan debt by involving himself in the digital film and gaming industry, where he started interning for George Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic and then became a concept artist for Nintendo for five years. After that he founded gaming production company, Massive Black Inc. with friends, but could only stomach the video game industry for a few years, leading him to become an independent artist in 2005. He began doing live art in 2007.
From there, Android has created an immense body of work. He combines his formal background and his free-flowing surrealism in perfect synchronicity, which makes sense as to why he has a worldwide demand. He has unveiled his art in over six continents, from India to Australia, where he displayed his live art on the Sydney Opera House in 2011, the United Nations Building in 2014 and the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary concerts, which was largest grossing concert event in the world in 2015.
He is a long time member of the Burning Man community, and has been featured at festivals around the world such as Shambhala in Canada and the Boom festival in Portugal, displaying his art alongside musical artists like Tipper and Bassnectar, etc. His artwork has been the face of many album covers for artists like Beats Antique, Papa roach, Phutureprimitive, Sporeganic and many others of the psych-art category.
Android’s self-described electro-mineralistic style communicates what words cannot, and makes one feel as though they are at the precipice of another dimension. Working with the energy of the crowd and the music, Android takes his surrounding elements and focuses his artistic application on the center of spirituality and consciousness.
Learn more about this artist at www.AndroidJones.com