Original Oil on panel by Deborah Jones 'The Antique Shop'
Deborah Jones in her early career could have been observed sitting quietly in the Victoria and Albert Museum absorbing the fashion drawings of a bygone age, and later on the same day displaying her canvases on the railings along the Bayswater Road! Like many of her companions from this period she has become very successful and her name is now known over a wide front.
She has always been a prodigious worker and today, many years later, after a lifetime of painting, she lives in a house where the shelves are filled with classical art books close to volumes of science fiction, where her dolls and bears live together, sitting about in all the rooms; and where her cats pick their cautious way past cupboards loaded with bric-a-brac. This bric-a-brac offers clues about her career, which includes work in the theatre, producing props and costumes at the Royal Opera House, Glyndebourne and Stratford. She has travelled widely, on business and pleasure, exhibiting work in Italy, New York and Chicago and enjoying, in her "sixties", the experience of outpacing her younger companions on the Great Wall of China.
Painting is her great love, and all her experiences and masses of sketch books now combine to form an original style which is part imagination, part reality. Her subjects include delightful trompe l'oeil pictures, old back street antique shops and rich still life studies; and in all her work can be found some item or thought which reflects a very full life and reveals a magpie collector of interesting objects d'art.
By: Deborah Jones
Dimensions: 19" x 38" overall.
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