Hello, we’re Julia and Glenn from Glenn Jones Art

From our studio in Auckland, New Zealand, we create art that has a sense of humour, a hint of nostalgia and always proudly celebrates what it is to be a Kiwi. The medium might change (art prints and kites to clocks and coffee cups) but we always have the same aim: to make people smile. Glenn Jones Art is a family business: Glenn creates the artwork, Julia takes care of the business, and our three kids provide lots of inspiration and the odd distraction.  We love nothing more than getting emails from customers telling us what our art means to them – we hope you find a piece of our art you fall in love with, too!


About Glenn:
Before starting Glenn Jones Art, Glenn was a creative director and worked on some of New Zealand's most well-known brands, including Tip Top, Lotto and Frucor. To his surprise, he found internet fame in the mid 2000s with his quirky T-shirt designs, which led to him creating his own US-based T-shirt brand. He really hit the big time when his tees were worn on-screen by the stars of the Big Bang Theory and they’ve since found their way onto the chests of celebrities and hundreds of thousands of fans globally. Google got him to design their Santa Tracker two years in a row, and Facebook HQ reached out to offer him a job a few years ago.

About Julia:
Julia is a qualified civil engineer – prior to working for Glenn Jones Art, she had an established 20-year career as a project manager in the construction industry. While on maternity leave, Julia used her experience and knowledge to turn Glenn Jones Art into a business, creating the opportunity for the couple to work from home and spend time with their young children. Today, Julia is often the first point of contact at Glenn Jones Art, overseeing day-to-day operations, customer liaison, commercial collaborations and big-picture strategy.

 


Glenn, Describe your typical day…
Get the kids off to kindy and school, get a coffee then get into work. Some days we're working on the business, planning etc, other days I'm drawing or doing stuff in the back end of our website, there's always something on the list!

Where do you get your ideas from?
It's my most asked question. The best ideas come when you're not trying to think of ideas. A lot of it is about nostalgia and trying to look at everyday stuff in a different way.

Do you ever get creative blocks? How do you get over these?
All the time, so I do something else, go for a run, go take photos, go get a coffee. Any one of those options always seems to work.

The best thing anyone has ever said about your art?
We've received incredible feedback, Sometimes it's a reminder of a loved one, or a time in peoples lives. Some of it is really powerful. You can't help but feel good or be moved by a lot of it.

Your dream design gig?
Working on my own art business

What would you be if you weren’t an artist?
An unsatisfied graphic designer

What’s something that would surprise people about you?
I'm a non-practising procrastinator

Julia, Describe your typical day…
Get the kids sorted, lunches, bags packed and off to kindy and school. Then it's back to work on our business with Glenn. I deal with our customers and communication as well as the running of Glenn Jones Art.

You used to be an engineer, project managing multi-million-dollar projects - how does managing Glenn compare?
Like being a project manager, you allow for things to go off on tangents, but generally it all works pretty well.

The best thing about working with (and living with) an artist?
He thinks outside the square.

And the worst?
He thinks outside the square.

What’s your favourite Glenn Jones art work?
The Farmer's Wife (high heel gumboots) - I grew up on a farm, and have always thought this was funny design.

The best thing about your job / being a part of the business?
We get out of it what we put in and it's really satisfying to see it succeed.

How do you like to spend your weekends?
With Glenn keeping our kids busy.

What’s something that would surprise people about you?
I can't draw.


Collaborations & Media

We've collaborated on lots of projects with brands like Cadbury, Resene, Tip Top, Countdown, Four Square & PDL Schneider.  We've also been featured across a range of media like the AM Show (watch interview)Seven Sharp (watch interview), Stuff Homed, NZ Business, Your Home & Garden, North & South Magazine, Envato (watch interview) We're always keen to talk about potential collabs, so please send an email with your proposal and details: julia@glennjonesart.com