6th September 2007
Not much is said or thought about framing, picture framing that is. It is also taken for granted but when you look at top London based frame, John Jones and the fact that last year the company had a turnover of £4.3m maybe you shouldn't take the art of framing for granted.
John Jones frames for all the major contemporary art galleries and auctions. John Jones employs 70 people and has a showroom displaying the John Jones art collection which includes art works from the likes of Richard Hamilton, Paula Rego and David Hockney.
He started making frames for his brother who was an artist and before he knew it he was making frames for the likes of Francis Bacon. His initial ambition as a child was to be a newspaper van driver like his dad and grandfather. He fulfilled his ambition but got sacked because he was too enterprising.
John Jones was hugely dyslexic and failed school but like many dyslexics (Richard Branson being one of the most famous dyslexics) found a head for business.
He is now approaching the later years of his life and is training up his children to fuel and run the business once he has stepped down from his position as the worlds top framer.