Artist Spotlight + Inside the Studio of Gavin Jones

Visual. Personal. Emotional

These are three words Gavin Jones uses to describe his work.

Everything is perception. I’m trying to create an artistic language because they’re universal, yet entirely subject to interpretation. To create something from nothing, ideas come to me visually. My current series has been all process based creation; sketching and re-sketching daily connecting dots from last night’s idea or something I’ve read or an image I’ve seen in magazines or online.” – Gavin Jones

You can see inspiration from Joan Mitchell, Wassily Kadinski and others in Gavins’ work. Read more about his process and mission as an artist in the interview below.

Describe yourself in one word. Creative.

What do you love the most about creating art in New Orleans? What particular part of your immediate environment, in your neighborhood specifically influences your work? It’s never a dull day in New Orleans. Some part of the city is always alive and enchanting. The sensory overload of a second line, Mardi Gras, or random festival keeps my imagination active. The Oak trees, street cars, and the smell of the Garden District have always been my favorite.

Where do you draw inspiration? I draw my inspiration from daily morning sketches and images in fashion magazines and art books.

Who are your artistic influences or gurus? So many! I love Picasso, Kandinsky, Paul Klee, Joan Miro, Joan Mitchell, Henri Matisse and others. This list could go on forever.


In New Orleans, art and music go hand in hand. What type of music, band or song lyric best describes your work? The art I create is about feeling. Music is always on in the studio while I’m creating. I have an affinity for rap music, classical music, jazz, rock/pop, really anything that feels right at the time.

Where can we find you when you are not creating art? I spend my time trying a new restaurant or dining at an old favorite.

See Gavin’s work in person at the Where Y’Art Gallery as part of Masterpeace, curated by Cubs the Poet.