Kim Jones
Performance Artist
New York, NY
2009 USA Fellow

This award was generously supported by The Rockefeller Foundation.

Kim Jones is a performance artist who also creates drawings and installations. He received an MFA from Otis Art Institute in 1973. That same year, he began attaching sculptures to his body and, a year later, he covered his body with mud, attached a lattice of sticks to his back and head and walked the streets of L.A. He began appearing at galleries and museums in that persona, which was dubbed Mud Man by a New York critic when he moved there in 1982. Mud Man evokes images of a homeless person, wounded soldier, and/or shaman, and suggests a ritual of healing. Jones also creates “war drawings” and paintings on photographs.

Portrait photo courtesy the artist.

  • Artwork by Kim Jones
    Telephone Pole, 1978; photo courtesy Ned Sloane
Artwork by Kim Jones