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Barbara Jones (1912-1978)   BIOGRAPHY

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A Pile of captured German guns, aeroplanes and other detritus of war , circa 1972
Framed (ref: 6074)
Signed
Pen and ink and white highlight
13 x 22 cm (sight size)

 


Literature: reproduced on p.156 of Popular Arts of the First World War written by Barbara Jones & Bill Howell.
Provenance: The artistís studio; Katharine House Gallery; Private Collection.



Barbara Jones (1912-1978)

Painter, designer, illustrator and author, born in Croydon, Surrey, she first studied art at her local art school under Isabel Wrightson, 1931-1933, before gaining a scholarship to RCA, 1933-1936, where she studied under Ravilious, Bawden and Charles Mahoney, in the mural painting school. She was a distinctive landscape painter and one of the strongest contributors to the World War II Pilgrim Trust Recording Britain project. She wrote and illustrated books on design history, on subjects including Grottoes and Follies, The Isle of Wight, and The Unsophisticated Arts. She also designed murals - for the Commonwealth Institute, London, and Cheshire County Police Headquarters - and was a member of the Society of Mural Painters. She was responsible for the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition Black Eyes and Lemonade in 1951. In the same year she was heavily involved in the Festival of Britain, designing murals and mosaic, and produced her seminal book The Unsophisticated Arts. She was married to the painter Cliff Barry, whom she met at the Royal College, but of whom little is known. He was however responsible for designing the cover of his wife's first book, The Isle of Wight. A retrospective exhibition was held at Katharine House Gallery, Marlborough, in 2000.

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