better-things

Jeffrey Catherine Jones was a unique artist, probably not as known as she should have been. Better Things: The Life and Choices of Jeffrey Catherine Jones is a documentary that tells her story by interviewing her and several of the artists that knew her. It’s a great documentary, although the editing is not really that good. It manages to be very insightful, especially because a good portion of the movie consists of an interview to the artist herself.

Even Frank Frazetta, one of the most famous and awesome Fantasy Art painters considered Jeffrey Jones the best painter ever.

I was familiar with her name, but I managed to ignore her art for years, even considering that I’m a huge fan of Vaughn Bode‘s art (another name you probably haven’t heard unless you’re a fan of underground comics of the 60s and 70s, or you’re into the history of graffiti). It happens that Vaughn Bode was a huge fan of Jeffrey Jones, too, and they even lived together for a while. The documentary goes into the details of this story, if you’re curious about it.

There are several artbooks featuring the art of Jeffrey Catherine Jones, although they’re a bit expensive and hard to get. People probably bought all of them after she passed away in 2011.

One of the books that’s still easy to get is Jeffrey Jones: a Life in Art, which contains about 250 pages of her paintings and illustrations. I don’t own a copy of this book, and I’m still not sure whether I’ll buy it, because reviews said the it doesn’t have the best reproductions of his paintings. Even so, it’s probably worth buying it, because her art is simply amazing (check out pinterest for a sample of her genius).

I recently bought a copy of another book of hers: The Art of Jeffrey Jones, which is supposed to be the better book, but it’s also way more expensive. It is still on its way, so I might post a review when it arrives.

Anyway, the documentary is totally recommended if you want to know more about this artist. You can get it in digital format, or buy the dvd on Amazon.