Sky Jones

Sky Jones was born Michael Whipple and was best known for his mastery of light and texture. Artistic inspiration began at an early age for Michael Whipple. Born in 1947 and growing up during the reconstruction period just after the war, he became interested in painting, drawing and sculpture. By the time he was five, he was working with wood and was adept at using a hammer, chisel, screwdriver, saber saw, electric drill and rasp. “For Christmas and birthdays I would ask for wood, clay, art and construction materials. I could feel the magnet drawing me into a lifetime of creating art. The great fun had started," said the artist with the same smile and enthusiasm of a young man. At the University of Utah, Whipple double majored in sculpture and painting and received his bachelor’s degree in art from the university in 1971. He excelled at portrait and figure painting. Working under the direction of renowned sculptor, Angelo Caravaglio, famous portraitist Alvin Gittins, modernist painter V. Douglas Snow and illusionist Anthony Smith, Whipple perfected his craft. In the mid-1970s through the early 1980s, Whipple was the go-to artist and illustrator for dozens of Hollywood movie posters including, Star Trek I, Meteor, The Never-Ending Story, Dressed To Kill, Walking the Line, The Joint, Octagon, Heartbreaker and Final Countdown. His illustrations have appeared in over 80% of the magazines in the world. In 1984, Mohammed Ali asked Whipple to paint children of different races for his “Children’s Peace Journey” benefit. On Valentine’s Day that same year, Whipple had an art showing at the ARCO Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. The event drew record crowds and Whipple signed autographs for six straight hours. 18000 people saw the show of 16 paintings. Many waited in line over two hours. At the end of 1984, Michael Whipple changed his name to Sky Jones. In 1997, he stopped signing Sky Jones and in 2003, he started signing his art Siren Bliss. Today, the unassuming and reclusive artist’s original works are displayed coast to coast and in the collections of thousands of museums, charities, corporations and private collections. Whipple’s persistence of principles and standards has placed his art and genius as a beacon in the service of humanity.

 

 

Sky Jones is a Postwar & Contemporary artist. Sky Jones's work has been offered at auction multiple times, with realized prices ranging from $25 USD to $313 USD, depending on the size and medium of the artwork. Since 2014 the record price for this artist at auction is $313 USD for Modern Abstract, sold at Bill Hood & Sons Art & Antique Auctions in 2014.

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