‘A bit o’ this…A bit o’that…’
– A Beginners Guide to Being Searious –
“I just like making things in general – pictures, sculpture, businesses, websites, stories, plans, toast,……trouble?
Hahaha! Im definately more of a ‘stuff maker’ than an ‘artist‘. Is that a thing?..guess it is now.
For some reason I think of an ‘artist’ as someone that would wear a whole lot of purple….”
– Searious Jones
The Short Version
‘Stuff-maker’ Searious Jones – ( and her sometimes dominant alias & alter-spirit, Sam )– is a prolific, Melbourne based creative.
Her portfolio of artwork and “stuff made” includes & ranges from large scale graffiti murals, aerosol feature walls & one-off painted vehicles , and 3D installations, to ‘traditional’ brush painted canvas & ink splattered narratives, on found or repurposed pictures and & any other object that demands it be the ‘star’ of the story. Amongst other fields, you will also find digital and graphic design, screen printing, toy making, sewing/fashion design, photography, film making, and the occasional sculpture on the Jones CV.
Inspiration for past & present artwork is drawn from an unlimited store of the artist’s healthy ‘realistic skepticism’, tongue-in-cheek wit, observations and a passionate love of ‘humanisms’ and animal behaviour. Word play, cliches and popular sayings (that are so popular and well-used that they’ve lost all meaning anymore) form the spark from where her artistic fire begins to burn.
The Searious Jones creative process can be summed up by the same philosophy by which she lives,
“By Any Means (or Media – in this case.) Necessary”
Utilising found, repurposed and recycled objects –which add their own voice to the story– as a canvas or backdrop, she then layers images, text and pattern.
Alternating between clean, bold lined, iconic, graphic symbolism and soft edged, smoothly shaded, monochrome portraits of anonymously, familiar characters, the artist paints a biography of commonly shared, tales and adventures- both physical and spiritual.
“I call them visual ‘choose your own adventure’ stories or modern fables even ….with a ‘2x outcome minimum’ moral to their story, that manifests – more likely than not – in the form of a visual limerick or a cliche prose and/or visual pun.” -Searious Jones
Add to this juxtaposition, just the right amount of ‘slap-happy’, controlled mess & ‘accidentally-on-purpose’ elements and you have the icing on the Searious Jones “eye cake”.
Recently, a ‘healthy obsession’ for playing with power tools and experimenting with basic moving parts has become an integral part in her research and finished work, resulting in a series of interactive and transforming diarama inspired, paintings and 3D pieces.
When Searious Jones isn’t busy making the world more thoughtful, amusing, colourful & visually delicious, you will find her curating local exhibitions and coordinating paint events, doing live aerosol demonstrations at festivals and ‘bush doofs’ as well as “passing the creative baton” by mentoring youth and running all ages graffiti & aerosol art based workshops or running graffiti based team building courses for corporate teams and small business groups or hosting a graffiti birthday party in the suburbs through her new studio and another exciting NEW project- TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!!
To enquire about booking Searious Jones
for a one off, artwork commission, graffiti mural, graffiti workshop or live demonstration for your next event,
email Sam at:
or hit me up on
or watch seariousjones on Instagram, Tumblr, Twitter etc.