David Jones was born on 1 November 1895 in Brockley, Kent. His father James Jones was from a Welsh family and worked for the Christian Herald Press. His mother, Alice was born and bred in London.
David showed artistic promise at a young age. He drew a lot and entered his drawings for exhibitions of children's artwork. From the age of six he knew that he wanted to spend his life in the visual arts. He entered the Camberwell School of Art where he was taught by A.S.Hartrick who introduced him to the works of the Impressionists and Pre-Raphaelites.
Soon after WW1 broke out, Jones joined the Royal Welsh Fuseliers, serving on the Western Front from 1915-1918. In the trenches, his experiences were to prove crucial to his art and poetry.
After the war, back in London, he won a Government grant to study at Westminster School of art, taught by Walter Bayes and Bernard Meninsky. In 1922 he joined Eric Gill’s Guild of St Joseph and St Dominic at Ditchling, Sussex and in 1923 began work as an illustrator on, In Petra, by Gill and Pepler. He spent a year in London before returning to work with Gill at Capel-y-ffin where he drew illustrations for Gullivers Travels for Golden Cockerel Press. In 1927 Jones exhibited drawings and watercolours of Wales at the St. Georges Gallery and joined the Society of Wood Engravers.
Jones exhibited at the Goupil gallery in 1929, showing watercolour landscapes of France, and was a member of the Seven and Five Society 1928 to 1935. His works were shown in Chicago, USA in 1933, the at the Venice Biennale in 1934 and the World's Fair, New York, in 1939. In 1937 he published his long narrative, In Parenthesis. In 1944 an exhibition of his work toured Britain; 1952 he published The Anathemata and in 1954 an Arts Council exhibition of his work toured Britain; to Aberystwyth, Cardiff, Swansea, Edinburgh and the Tate Gallery, London.
He died in 1974 and is buried in Brockley cemetery, Lewisham.