David Jones: Catalogue
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Jones, born in London of a Welsh father and a mother of Italian extraction, visited Wales regularly for just four years between 1924 and 1928, and never made his home here. As a child, he was already decided on a career involving drawing, saying later that ‘to attempt to convey on paper this or that object seemed to me as natural a desire as, say, stroking the cat.’
In 1981, an exhibition of Jones’ work was held at the Tate Gallery and the Graves Art Gallery, Sheffield and the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff. The exhibition was selected by Paul Hills, who also wrote the catalogue, with assistance from Nicolete Gray, who was responsible for the commentaries on the inscriptions in the catalogue. There were 172 works included in the exhibition with 17 reproduced as colour plates. As may be seen from the front cover, which shows “The Farm Door”, 1937, the artist’s integration of form and colour was complex and beautifully balanced so that b/w illustrations leave much to be desired.
Following a Chronology, there is a detailed essay, ‘The art of David Jones’ by Hills after which the catalogue is presented, divided into ‘Engraved and printed illustrations’, 17 works; ‘Boxwood carvings’, 6; ‘Drawings and paintings’, 119; ‘Inscriptions’, 30, and ‘Manuscripts’, 4. There is also a Bibliography.Read more ›