BRIAN JONES "LOOKING THROUGH" PENCIL ON PAPER, 1972
Brian Jones (1950-2008) is a renowned Canadian artist acclaimed for his exuberant figurative paintings, drawings, and prints.
Over the course of his career, Jones depicted evocative scenes of North American suburban life. Jones dedicated his precise representations on scenes from every-life, accentuating what is usually perceived as mundane.
While Jones is celebrated for his photorealistic renderings, he is equally revered for his eccentric and boisterous style. In the latter, known as the "Neighbours" series, Jones utilized rich colors, softened shapes, and curvilinear forms to subvert banal domestic encounters with a light-hearted sense of humor.
"Looking Through" is an exemplary excerpt from this body of work. Serving as a study for a larger painting, this playful drawing details a boy and his mother as they peer through a lattice panel adorned with foliage.
The mother looks down at the boy with an expression of shock as he stares forward with a soft glare, his hands folded gently in his lap. The boy's gaze blatantly acknowledges the viewer, disrupting the voyeuristic nature of this work by making his presence known.
The curious dynamic between the mother, son, and viewer poses the question: who is watching who?
Over the course of his career, Jones was the recipient of many accolades including the Queen’s Silver Jubilee award in 1977. His work is celebrated in major public collections across Canada including Canada Council Art Bank, Museum London, and McIntosh Gallery, to name a few.
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Pencil on paper
Signed by artist, bottom left
11.5"H 8.75"W (visible)
19"H 15.75"W (framed)
Very good condition.
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