Barry Leighton-Jones

Free official Barry Leighton-Jones ‘Autobiography 1932 – 2005 & A Retrospective  1950 – 2003’ as well as a choice of print (with mountboard and backing) with each painting purchased.
243 pages of in depth text written by the ‘Master’ himself with dozens of his paintings in full colour. In ‘The Retrospective’, his lifelong friend and confidante, Tony Crosse, gives a revealing glimpse into the mind and art of this great 20th and 21st Century artist. 

Barry Leighton-Jones. “Sad Urchin Boy”. Oil on canvas 40x30cm

Barry Leighton-Jones – “Urchin Girl with Red Cap”
Oil on canvas 40x30cm

Barry Leighton Jones – “Farmer Boy” (mixed media on board 60x45cm)
Barry Leighton Jones – “Little Worker”
(oil on board 90x30cm)
Barry Leighton Jones – Urchin Girl. (Oil on board 82x42cm)


Barry Leighton Jones – “Blue Clown” (Oil on board)
“One of the most important aspects of Leighton-Jones’s work is his facination with life’s happiness and sadness through his paintings of clowns. The ‘Fool’ is a central part of human nature, though usually deliberately kept hidden from view; not one of us wants to be discovered for what we really are – lonely, weak, vulnerable, silly, perplexed – and so we wear social ‘masks’. Leighton-Jones deals with this paradox through the image of the clown – a living cartoon, a performing artist, a storyteller – who brings smiles and laughter to people of all ages, who makes ordinary things funny, and transports the audience into a world of fun and delight, even if only for a short period of time. He sees clowns as wise fools prepared to sacrifice their dignity, not only to entertain us, but also to educate and inform us of our own silliness. They are innocent, cunning, simple and complex. To be seen as a clown can be both friendly and threatening, to be painted as one is to be revealed as being intrinsically human.”
(‘Leighton-Jones. A Retrospective 1950-2003’ by Dr Tony Crosse. Official biographer to Leighton-Jones)
Barry Leighton Jones – “First Self Portrait” Oil on board 82x42cm (1969)
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Barry Leighton Jones – “Dressing Up Time”. Oil on board 92x36cm

“Leighton-Jones’s work celebrates the spirit of children of all ages and from all backgrounds. His pictures have a universal appeal, capture the spontaneity and freshness of their make-believe worlds, and at the same time reawakens the viewer’s personall memories of childhood and their simplicity, honesty and sincerity. They evoke fantasy, mischief and pleasure that children derive from their endless imaginations. Children at play try to know what its like to be grown up, older, wiser, braver and independent, and by putting on mummy’s dress and high-heel shoes, or daddy’s uniform, they step into the adult world which then becomes safe, harmless, less intimidating”.
(‘Leighton-Jones. A Retrospective 1950-2003’ by Dr Tony Crosse. Official biographer to Leighton-Jones)
Barry Leighton Jones – Urchin Girl in Blue. Oil on board 84x28cm
Barry Leighton Jones – ‘Sad child with dog’.
Oil on canvas 75x50cm
Barry Leighton Jones – Urchin Child witb Paddle. Oil on board 84x38cm



Barry Leighton Jones – Portrait of a Girl beside town. Oil on canvas 100x78cm
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Barry Leighton Jones – ‘Little Clown’. Oil on board 52x42cm

Barry Leighton Jones – “Serenade” Oil on board 90x64cm
Barry Leighton Jones – “The latest hair fashion”.
Oil on board 120x45cm.
“I took the hairstyles from hairdressing journals, put long swan necks (lifted straight rom Modigliani) on the models, and gave them as piercing eyes as I could manage.” – Leighton-Jones
(from ‘Leighton-Jones. A Retrospective 1950-2003’ by Dr Tony Crosse. Official biographer to Leighton-Jones)
Barry Leighton Jones – ‘Valda’. Oil on canvas 90x45cm
In 1957, Leighton-Jones was engaged to Valda Godwin, an actress, dancer and model.

Barry Leighton Jones – “The Little Artist”. Oil on board

Barry Leighton Jones – Nude Study. Oil on canvas 45x30cm

Barry Leighton Jones – Urchin Child with Water Holder.

Oil on board 83x38cm

Barry Leighton-Jones “Bar Association” Print
Barry Leighton-Jones “Juvenile Court”. Print
Barry Leighton-Jones “Key Witness”. Print
Barry Leighton-Jones “Some you Win”. Print
“Clown and Girlfriend”. Print
“Sad Clown”. Print
“Urchin Child with Dog”. Print
“Urchin Child 1”. Print
“Urchin Child 2”. Print
“Urchin Child 3”. Print
“Urchin Child 4”. Print
“Urchin Child 5 (flower girl)”. Print

Barry Leighton-Jones was born in London, England in 1932 and is a direct descendant of the Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy, Lord Frederic Leighton. He began his artistic career at the age of five by winning a major art competition, and later completed seven years of academic training at Sidcup and Brighton and was tutored by the acclaimed English artist and illustrator from the Royal College of Art – John Minton.

After launching himself straight into the British art world, his paintings were very quickly in demand – many of them were published and his international reputation grew. But the real breakthrough came in 1985, when he was selected by the Kelly Estate to create a series of images based on the life and work of the famous American clown – Emmett Kelly.

Taking a page out of Norman Rockwell’s book, Leighton-Jones devoted a great amount of time to the preparation stage more than ever before. The Kelly Estate supplied Leighton-Jones with black and white photographs of Kelly throughout his career, and he took it upon himself to carefully study Kelly’s work on film and read everything about the great man. He even completed visits to the Ringling Museum in Sarasota. All this preparation paid off, as the result is the comprehensive series of paintings, which join the different periods of Kelly’s life. Many of the paintings and sketches were produced as limited edition prints and figurines, all becoming best sellers and eagerly sought after by collectors all over the world.

The years between 1986 and 1992 define one of the most important and prolific periods in the career of Barry Leighton-Jones. Those years mark his selection by various licensors to produce paintings with the purpose of reproduction in several forms: prints, collectors plates, figurines, etc. Although the foremost of these commissions were “The Emmett Kelly Collection”, he also completed “The Gone With the Wind Collection” and “The Wizard of Oz Collection”, as well as a number of portraits and collages of some of the 19th centuries’ most famous faces, including Albert Einstein, John Lennon and Princess Diana.

Leighton-Jones, although best known for his clowns and urchins, has completed many different series of works, in many different styles. His work, whether of clowns, children, social situations, pub scenes, or “the weighty ladies”, is recognizable from all others as a mixture of the classical and the modern. His realistic rendition of the human form, combined with an impressionistic background, creates a timeless and compelling image that speaks to children of all ages.

“Humor in art is a British tradition going back to Hogarth and Rowlandson, yet is rare today outside the world of political cartooning. For 50 years or so, I have used humor in many of my paintings and continue to do so. Much of the subject matter derives from childhood memories and early manhood experiences, i.e. the wedding breakfasts, the pubs and the weighty ladies. For the past 25 years I have lived and exhibited in the U.S.A. showing to a varied ethnic and cultural clientele. At first I wasn’t sure how the British sense of humour would be appreciated but my doubts were dissolved when these people began to buy the works. Men and women identified different characters in my pictures as people they knew as friends or relatives. On numerous occasions I was asked to dedicate the pieces personally to the buyer as he or she found a resemblance to a character. Most artists are pleased when their works are beautifully painted, I’m happy when a painting elicits a good laugh”. Barry Leighton-Jones.

URCHIN PAINTINGS

These unique, and instantly recognizable paintings of children ‘dressed down’, always with ‘serious’ expressions, are the  most rare and sought after by collectors. The images capture street kids and children dressed as adults.

These works celebrate the spirit of children of all ages and from all backgrounds.  These pictures have a universal appeal, capture the spontaneity and freshness of their make-believe worlds, and at the same time reawaken the viewer’s personal memories of childhood with their simplicity, honesty and sincerity. They evoke the fantasy, mischief and pleasure that children derive from their endless imaginations. Children at play try to know what it’s like to be grown up, older, wiser, braver and independent, and by putting on mummy’s dress and high-heeled shoes, or daddy’s uniform, they step into the adult world which then becomes safe, harmless, less intimidating.