Jean Jones (1927-2012) was a figurative painter who exhibited regularly in Oxford and London in the 1970s and had a solo show at the Ashmolean Museum in 1980. For several reasons – her rejection of artistic fashions, time consuming duties as a wife and mother, and struggle with severe bipolar disorder – she was unable to successfully develop her career and fell into obscurity. Despite all this, she continued to paint up until her final years, producing an impressive body of work. Inspired by her post-impressionist heroes, Cézanne and Van Gogh, she felt that through close observation, she could express her passion for the people and places around her.
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