As a teenager, Jon Jones was drawn to the darker side of history. Shunning playing football with his friends, he instead investigated his local pub in Kings Heath, Birmingham, where the landlord regaled historic tales of its use as a mortuary. This macabre curiosity is weaved into his newest collection of limited edition giclée on canvas prints, which depict the infamous Peaky Blinders gang.
Incorporating his research alongside the curator of the West Midlands Police Museum, his Autumn Winter // 2020 series captures the murky underworld of the early 20th century. The monochromatic portraits are presented in striking dark frames, which elevate the shadows and add a haunting new dimension.
If you've ever suffered from the dreaded painter's block, Jon has some advice for you! "Enjoy what you’re painting," he suggests. "If what you’re painting isn’t going well, just leave it and come back to it when your mind is fresh. Start something new. What you’ll do with the new artwork is learn things to do with the piece that isn’t going as well."
He also recommends preparing your working space before starting to paint, adding: "Make sure you have clean materials. In the past, I used to pick up a dirty paintbrush from the night before, but now I make sure the palette is cleaned down, my water is clean and my brushes are sharpened ready for the next session."
"Whenever I choose a portrait to paint, I want to make it feel alive. You read a face by its emotion."
27/08/2020Transform your living space with our latest selection of contemporary art, featuring brand-new pieces from Jon Jones, Nic Joly and Paul Kenton.
05/06/2019Dating back to at least ancient Egypt, portraiture is still one of the world’s most popular genres. Join us as we explore a world before selfies.
28/12/2018Capturing the infamous criminal gang in his own mischievous way, this 3D wall sculpture took viewers back to the Birmingham streets of the early 20th century.
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