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The end of the beginning, New Year’s Eve to April fools



Locust Jones

New Zealand, Australia

1963 -


Locust Jones’ practice is centred on expressive drawing, which informs his printmaking, painting and sculpture. It engages international politics and current events as the artist experiences them through the media, as well as his own travels abroad. Jones sources many of his images from the internet, newspapers and electronic media, tackling subjects including climate change, world politics and economics, with an excoriating and personal directness that heightens their effect, and questions the narratives we are subject to as consumers of media and global citizens.

In this large-scale drawing Jones worked every day for three months without a vision of the overall image. Every morning before unrolling a section of the paper scroll he listened to the radio, read the papers and scrolled through online news, gleaning headlines and images that feed into his daily drawing without filter. In this work, you can follow a visual diary of the events and people that made the daily news from New Year’s Eve to April Fools’ Day 2018.




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Materials used

ink, pencil, ArtGraf and watercolour on 300 gsm Saunders Waterford paper


308.0 x 1000.0 cm


Purchased with funds provided by the Gil & Shay Docking Drawing Fund and The Dobell Biennial Acquisition Fund 2018


Not on display

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Artist information

Locust Jones

Works in the collection


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history

Referenced in 4 publications


Matt Cox, Look, 'Moving pictures', pg.52-53, Sydney, Jul 2018-Aug 2018.

Gina Fairley, Review: Dobell Drawing Biennial, AGNSW, Sydney, 16 Jul 2018, (colour illus.).

Elizabeth Fortescue, Daily Telegraph, 'Drawing on news mural's inspiration', Sydney, 28 Jun 2018.

Rebecca Gallo, Art Guide Australia, ‘Playback: Dobell Australian Drawing Biennial 2018' review, Collingwood, 01 Aug 2018.