G. B. Jones

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G. B. Jones
Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada
Occupation(s)Musician, artist, filmmaker
InstrumentsVocals, guitar, drums
Years active1980s-present
Associated actsFifth Column, Bunny and the Lakers, Opera Arcana

G. B. Jones (born 1965) is a Canadian artist, filmmaker, musician, and publisher of zines based in Toronto, Canada.



From the early 1980s to the late 1990s, Jones performed with the post-punk band Fifth Column, playing drums, guitar and background vocals, and was one of the co-founders of the group.[1] The band's first album, To Sir With Hate was released in 1985.[2] In 2002, Fifth Column's last release, Imbecile, appeared on the Kill Rock Stars compilation album Fields and Streams.[3]

Artwork and publications[edit]

G. B. Jones initially received recognition for her drawings, which were published in the queer punk fanzine J.D.s, founded by Jones and co-published with Bruce LaBruce.[4]

According to Dodie Bellamy, G. B. Jones "co-opts the male-on-male objectifying gaze of gay erotica and converts it to a female-on-female gaze" and her Tom Girls series of drawings (based on the work of Tom of Finland) are "unapologetic, thrillingly anti-assimilationist."[5]

Exhibition history[edit]

Jones' first gallery was Feature Inc. in New York, curated by Hudson, who was the first art dealer to showcase her Tom Girls series of drawings from 1991 to 1999.[6] Exhibitions of her work have been held at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions,[4] Mercer Union,[7] Paul Petro Contemporary Art in Toronto,[8] La Centrale in Montreal,[9] and other galleries.

Personal life[edit]



  • The Troublemakers, directed by G. B. Jones (1990)
  • The Yo-Yo Gang, directed by G. B. Jones (1992)
  • The Lollipop Generation, directed by G. B. Jones (2008)


Further reading[edit]

  • Jennifer Camper, ed., Juicy Mother, Soft Skull Press, 2005, ISBN 1-932360-70-0
  • Jennifer Camper and Manic D Press, eds., Juicy Mother 2: How They Met, 2007 ISBN 978-1-933149-20-2
  • Firoza Elavia, ed., Cinematic folds: the furling and unfurling of images, Pleasure Dome, 2008, ISBN 978-0-9682115-4-0
  • Marcus Ewert and Mitchell Watkins, eds., Ruh Roh, published by Feature Inc. and Instituting Contemporary Idea, NYC, 1992
  • Robin Fisher, ed., 'What's Wrong? Explicit Graphic Interpretations Against Censorship, Arsenal Pulp Press, 2002, ISBN 1-55152-136-9
  • Andrea Juno, ed., Dangerous Drawings, Juno Books, 1997, ISBN 0-9651042-8-1
  • Selene Kapsaski (edited by Jeremy Richey), Welcome to Jonestown: Southern Ontario Gothic, Art Decades, 2015, ISBN 1511568984
  • Robert Kirby and David Kelly, eds., Boy Trouble, Boy Trouble Books, 2004, ISBN 0-9748855-0-9
  • Robert Kirby and David Kelly, eds., The Book of Boy Trouble 2: Born to Trouble, Green Candy Press, 2008 ISBN 978-1-931160-65-0
  • Andy Paciorek and Katherine Beem, eds, Folk Horror Revival: Field Studies, Wyrd Harvest Press, 2015, ISBN 978-1-326-37637-6
  • Leila Pourtavaf, ed., Feminismes Electrique. La Centrale, 2012, ISBN 978-2-89091-321-9
  • Spencer, Amy; DIY: The Rise Of Lo-Fi, Marion Boyars Publishers, London, England, 2005 ISBN 0-7145-3105-7
  • Scott Treleaven, The Salivation Army Black Book , Printed Matter Inc./Art Metropole, 2006, ISBN 0-89439-021-X

G. B. Jones, editor
  • Double Bill, edited by Caroline Azar, Jena von Brücker, G. B. Jones, Johnny Noxzema, Rex, Issues 1–5, 1991 to 2001
  • J.D.s, edited by Bruce LaBruce and G. B. Jones, Issues 1-7, 1985 to 1991
  • Hide, edited by Caroline Azar, Candy Pauker, G. B. Jones, Issues 1-5, 1981 to 1985

See also[edit]


  1. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn. Girls + Guitars. Out Magazine. Vol. 8, No. 10. Published by Here Publishing. April 2000.
  2. ^ Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
  3. ^ Adrien Begrand (12 July 2002). "Indie Heaven, Circa 2002". Pop Matters. Archived from the original on 14 July 2002.
  4. ^ a b Block, Adam (20 November 1990). "The Queen of 'Zine". The Advocate. p. 75.
  5. ^ Dodie Bellamy (9 January 2019). "Dodie Bellamy on G.B. Jones's Nasty Female Role Models". Frieze. Retrieved 28 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Feature Inc. Previous Exhibitions 1991". Feature Inc. Archived from the original on 7 April 2014. Retrieved 2014-04-01.
  7. ^ "Girrly Pictures". Mercer Union. 1994. Retrieved 12 March 2020.
  8. ^ Sasha. "Ms Jones". Daily Xtra. Retrieved 28 November 2020.,
  9. ^ "GB Jones". La Centrale. Retrieved 20 June 2018.,

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