GNSI-DC: Wilfred J. Jones, 1888 - 1968

Event Date: 
May 18, 2011 - 9:30pm to May 19, 2011 - 12:00am

Please join us for the next Guild of Natural Science Illustrators meeting:
Wednesday, May 18th at 6:00 PM
In the Cathy Kerby Room of the NMNH (3rd Floor, East Court, phone: 202-633-2000)

Presentation: Wilfred J. Jones, 1888 - 1968 

As a child Wilfred J. Jones taught himself to read. And while there was no money for him to study art formally, still as a schoolboy, he examined details of classical and antique sculpture and paintings and then drew them.

As a young man, his interest in higher mathematics expanded to geometry in art, inspiring him to make geometric analysis of paintings by the masters. It eventually revealed that however figurative the picture, composition in art followed the principals of geometry very closely. 

Fascinated by the scientific principles of color as set forth by Seurat and Césanne, he performed his own experiments to test the theories for himself. 

He worked as designer and illustrator for some of the leading publishers of his day.

A painter, a wood carver, a poet, an author, and so much more, Wilfred John Jones would become one of America’s foremost illustrators of his time.

Come hear more about this amazing individual and see some of his original works in a presentation by his grandson, Paul Rusk Greenhall.


Refreshments & Socializing begin at 5:30 PM. Please bring something edible to share or $2.00 as a donation for the food jar. For those who need an escort, congregate in the Constitution Ave. Lobby of the National Museum of Natural History between 5:30 and 6:00 PM.

If you need to park in the Natural History Parking Lot, bring a printed copy of this message to show the parking guard. Enter on the West side from Constitution Avenue. If there is any change another announcement will be posted.

So as to allow for a speedy resolution of the business portion of the meeting, the minutes of the last meeting have been attached to this message. Please take a moment to look them over before you come.

We look forward to seeing everyone soon!

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