Yardley Jones - Signaiture

renowned artist, caricaturist

John Yardley-Jones at work in his studio


John Yardley-Jones is a celebrated artist and cartoonist whose work embodies the politics, people and landscapes that make up Canada. This larger-than-life character has been a boxer, a house painter, an editorial cartoonist, teacher, marathon runner, cross-country skier, father of six children, and tireless fundraiser for countless charities.

Born in 1930 in Liverpool, England, Yardley-Jones was evacuated to North Wales as a child during the Second World War. As a young man, he trained as a draughtsman and apprenticed as a house painter. In 1957, seeking adventure, Yardley-Jones emigrated to Alberta with his wife Mary.

For 40 years, John Yardley-Jones has satirized our social and political world through editorial cartoons. He published his first cartoons in the early ‘60s with the Roughneck, a magazine for the oilpatch. His first break with a major daily newspaper was with the Edmonton Journal in 1962. He and his growing family then moved east where he worked for the Toronto Telegram and then the Montreal Star. In 1971, his inimitable style was recognized with the National Newspaper Award for Editorial Cartoons. In 1981, he returned to Alberta working for the Edmonton Sun and then the Edmonton Journal.


Fryatt Creek Haven, Rockie MountainsNow retired from the newspaper business, Yardley-Jones is renowned for his watercolour paintings. His landscapes of the Rockies capture the beauty of glacial lakes, snow-capped peaks and alpine meadows. These paintings are based on pencil sketches and photographs taken during his hikes and ski treks through the backcountry. His love of skiing can also be seen in the popular series of paintings of the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival. Yardley-Jones has created recognizable scenes from along the 55 km trail of this annual cross-country ski race through Elk Island National Park and Blackfoot Provincial Recreation Area.

His lively cityscapes bring together his talents as a cartoonist and watercolour painter. The series of Edmonton street scenes immortalize landmarks along Whyte Avenue and capture the excitement of the Fringe Festival. The river valley throughout the seasons and iconic buildings like the Legislature and Hotel Macdonald resonate with Albertans and visitors alike.

Wherever John Yardley-Jones travels, his paint brushes follow. Recent paintings include the beaches of Tofino and the Victoria harbour in British Columbia as well as the castles and mountains of North Wales.