Born in Atlanta in 1944, Jeffrey Jones moved to New York City in 1967 to be a professional artist — a statistically improbable goal which he nonetheless swiftly achieved. He began his career drawing for science fiction digest magazines and comics published by Warren, Gold Key and King. Learning from such master illustrators as Roy Krenkel, Al Williamson and Frank Frazetta, he soon became one of the most sought-after cover artists in the burgeoning fantasy book field, with the works of Robert E. Howard being a particular specialty.
In 1972 Jones launched the lyrical, exquisitely-drawn comic strip Idyl, which ran monthly in National Lampoon until 1975. The following year he joined fellow artists Bernie Wrightson, Michael Kaluta and Barry Windsor-Smith in renting a large loft in Manhattan to serve as a four-person studio. This creative space became a legend in the fantasy art and comic book communities, and its story was immortalized in the book The Studio, published by Roger Dean’s Dragon’s Dream Press in 1979.
After the dissolution of the Studio, Jones largely abandoned the commercial art world to concentrate on his personal artistic vision. The result has been a unique body of work documented in the books Yesterday’s Lily (1980), Age of Innocence (1994) and The Art of Jeffrey Jones (2002). He lives and paints in upstate New York.