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Artist Spotlight: Riverside teacher lays down pencils for steampunk sculptures

By in Press Enterprise on October 12, 2017

By Patrick Brien

  • Chris Jones says that many of his pieces depict familiar sights of downtown, such as “Taco Station Nights.” (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

  • Riverside artist Chris Jones has recently shifted his interest to creating kinetic steampunk sculptures. His most recent sculpture, pictured, is titled “The Afterlife Spirit-Phone.” (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

    Riverside artist Chris Jones has recently shifted his interest to creating kinetic steampunk sculptures. His most recent sculpture, pictured, is titled “The Afterlife Spirit-Phone.” (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

  • Riverside artist Chris Jones (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

    Riverside artist Chris Jones (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

  • Chris Jones says that many of his pieces depict familiar sights of downtown, such as “Dawn on Main Street.” (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

    Chris Jones says that many of his pieces depict familiar sights of downtown, such as “Dawn on Main Street.” (Courtesy of Chris Jones)

  • Riverside artist Chris Jones' “The Beckoning.”(Courtesy of Chris Jones)

    Riverside artist Chris Jones’ “The Beckoning.”(Courtesy of Chris Jones)

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When he was very young, Chris Jones had such an interest in art that by the age of 8 his parents had arranged for private art lessons. He ended up spending the next three years studying oil painting.

Born in Whittier, Jones’ family moved to Riverside when he was 5. He attended Riverside Poly High School, as well as the Idyllwild Arts Academy, then known as the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts. Jones would go on to attend Riverside City College and Cal State San Bernardino, where he received his teaching credential in all areas of graphic arts.

“At Poly, I had taken a graphic arts class thinking it […]    

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