Jack Jones Abstract Drawing - Legumes. "The Welsh Lowry" - "Leonardo of the Slagheap".
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Jack Jones
Legumes. "The Welsh Lowry" - "Leonardo of the Slagheap".

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This original painting by Jack Jones is presented and supplied in a sympathetic and simple contemporary frame, mounted using conservation materials and behind glass. The frame dimensions are 34cm high x 43cm wide. The visible watercolour dimensions are 19.5cm high x 28.5cm wide (7.68inches high x 11.22inches wide). The Jack Jones works for sale from this gallery are from a larger portfolio of Jack Jones’ works held by us. Their provenance can be traced directly to the informal sale of his estate held in London shortly after his death. A leading exponent of outsider art, inspired by the industrial landscape of his native Wales, Jack Jones had a romantic, tragic and productive life, and leaves a legacy of work that is becoming increasingly collectable. Jack Jones, painter, teacher and writer, was born in Swansea during the Great Depression. He was born poor and illegitimate in the front room of a terraced house in Aberdyberth Street, Hafod, Swansea, South Wales. He was raised by his grandmother. Whilst conditions were harsh and the area was one of high unemployment and few comforts, young Jack was not despondent. He said ‘Life for me was a delight and a source of joy and wonder, a one-off opera which was free for the enjoying…..inspite of the poverty and the ill-health there was a bubbling effervescence in the Hafod people that transformed them from victims to victors.” He won a place at Dynevor School and then studied at University in Paris, where in his late twenties he became interested in art. He published a Life of Van Gogh, The Man who loved the Sun. He returned to the UK to teach in 1951 and went on to teach French and English, eventually becoming Head of English at Barnes Grammar School. London. Jack Jones began his painting career in 1953, and continued virtually untaught for most of the rest of his life. His inspiration came from his childhood in the heart of industrial Swansea – its characters, landscape and warm community. Although he was called “The Welsh Lowry” he denied Lowry’s influence on his painting and referred to himself as the “Leonardo of the slag heap”. He said that he was “not aware of the existence of Lowry and had developed the content and style before I saw any of his pictures. I fell that his paintings are sadder that my own”.

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  • Dimensions
    H 13.39 in. x W 16.93 in.H 34 cm x W 43 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Sutton Poyntz, GB
  • Reference Number
    LU48931882783
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