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Barry Leighton-Jones

by on March 17, 2015

Barry Leighton-Jones British Artist (1932 – 2011).

Barry Leighton-Jones British Artist: b. 1932-2011.

Leighton-Jones returned to the United Kingdom in 2002.  Leighton-Jones works with spontaneity, but also with the ideas of clear and precise statement so his art never lacks feeling or depth and the best of Leighton-Jones’s paintings are charged with a poetic sensibility, rhythm and emotion. He also has an instinctive grasp of human psychology, although if you asked him he’d find it difficult to explain this gift, and this fascination with the layers of the psyche has allowed him to produce images that have an immense immediate appeal but which are also constructed around many deeper levels of meaning. The concepts of ‘man vs man’ and ‘man vs nature’ can be felt strongly in many of his images, often adding a tragi-comic element to his subjects. He is a choreographic painter, with a natural ability to order detailed figurative compositions into a fluid and harmonious whole, (he is classical in his knowledge of the body but modern in his grasp of emotion and circumstance), while he also fulfils the roles of illustrator, commercial artist, and social commentator. As an artist of and for the people, it is no wonder that Leighton-Jones has always maintained that all artists should be advertised in the listings pages of telephone directories.

Among the people and places that own his paintings and drawings are: King Fahd of Saudi Arabia, Margaret Thatcher, Lord Arden, Liberace, The Ringling Brothers Museum in Sarasota, and the City of Hope Hospital in Los Angeles.

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