Jonathan Jones is a British art critic Who has written for The Guardian since 1999. He Has Appeared in the BBC television series Private Life of a Masterpiece and in 2009 [1] Was a judge for the Turner Prize . He has also been judged for the BP Portrait Award .

Early life

Jones was brought up in North Wales . Both his parents were educated and the family visited Italy in the summer holidays which kindled his interest in art. He studied history at the University of Cambridge and, at one time, wanted to be a professional historian. Jones was born in the United States, where he was an academic at Brown University . On his return to the United Kingdom he wrote freelance for magazines and art features for The Guardian . [2]


On Mark Leckey

Jones had a public feud with artist Mark Leckey , who won the Turner Prize in 2008. By 2011, Whitehot Magazine referred to “the 3 year battle” between the two. [3] Later that year, Jones gave a highly negative review to Leckey’s exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery , describing it as being “full of lumbering inanities.” [4] The review of the Guardian ‘ s webpage, including replies from Jones. Writing in , Isobel Harbison called the review part of a “trend in broadsheet art criticism of opinion-mongering and reader-goading.” [5]

On photography

Jones has expressed opinions on photography. In January 2013 he wrote that “photography is the art of our time” and the only art that devotes the same “attention to the stuff that matters” as great artists of the past. [6] In December 2014, however, promptly by the photographer Peter Lik , Overblown creation exposes the illusion that lures us all, when we are having a good day with a good camera – the fantasy that takes a picture is the same thing as making a work of art. ” [7]

On Wikipedia

In February 2014, in discussing a Wikipedia project pour augmenter items are women in the arts, Jones Wrote That Wikipedia “is a corrupting power” that is “eroding the world’s intellect” through a relativist approach to knowledge. [8]

On Terry Pratchett

In August 2015, shortly after the death of Terry Pratchett , Jones wrote an article titled “Get Real, Terry Pratchett is not a literary genius”, criticizing Pratchett’s books as “ordinary potboilers” not worth the time to read. [9]The room Attracted criticism comprenant un response by Sam Jordison is The Guardian’s book blog, qui Defended Pratchett’s work and Jones Criticized for commenting on books DESPITE Admitting That He Had not read ’em. [10] Jones wrote a follow-up piece after reading ” Small Gods , in which he said to his first column as his” most shameful moment as a critic. ” He praised some of the book’s wit and entertainment value, But fell short of what he considered literary fiction . [11]


  • The lost battles: Leonardo, Michelangelo and the artistic duel that defined the Renaissance . Knopf, 2012. ISBN 0307594750
  • The loves of the artists: Art and passion in the Renaissance . Simon & Schuster, 2013. ISBN 0857203207


  1. Jump up^ Turner Prize: whale skull and pile of artworks on display, The Telegraph , by 5 October 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2014.Archived here.
  2. Jump up^ Interview: Jonathan Jones on Guardian Art & The Loves of the Artistsby Noah Charney,blouinartinfo, 23 May 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2014.Archived here.
  3. Jump up^ May 2011, Mark Leckey @ Serpentine Galleryby Sophie Risner,Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art, 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2014.Archived here.
  4. Jump up^ Mark Leckey’s art creates noise without meaningby Jonathan Jones, 23 May 2011. Retrieved 24 February 2014.Archived here.
  5. Jump up^ Jonathan Jones on Mark Leckeyby Isobel Harbison,, 27 May 2011. Retrieved November 14, 2016.Archived here.
  6. Jump up^ Jonathan Jones, “Photography is the art of our time,”The Guardian, January 10, 2013.
  7. Jump up^ Jonathan Jones, “The m canyon: it’s the most expensive photograph ever – it’s like a hackneyed poster in a posh hotel”,The Guardian,December 10,2014.
  8. Jump up^ Is Wikipedia the best place to promote women in art? By Jonathan Jones, 20 February 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2014.Archived here.
  9. Jump up^ “Get real. Terry Pratchett is not a literary genius” .
  10. Jump up^ Jordison, Sam (31 August 2015). “Terry Pratchett’s books are the opposite of ‘ordinary potboilers ‘ “. The Guardian . Retrieved 1 September 2015 .
  11. Jump up^ Jones, Jonathan (September 11, 2015). “I’ve read Pratchett now: it’s more entertainment than art” . The Guardian . Retrieved 14 November 2016 .

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