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Jeffrey Catherine Jones, 1944–2011

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Yesterday’s Lily (1980), a collection of painting and illustration work published by Dragon’s Dream.

Artist Jeffrey Jones, whose death was announced this week, transitioned to Jeffrey Catherine Jones in the late 1990s so we’ll honour that here and won’t insist on referring to her as “he” as I’ve been seeing on some other websites. Jones’ work was significant for me mainly as a result of her participation in The Studio collective from 1975 to 1979, an affiliation of four artists—Jones, Barry Windsor-Smith, Mike Kaluta and Berni Wrightson—who shared a loft studio in New York City. The fruits of that relationship were recorded in one of my favourite art books, The Studio, in 1979. Of the four it was Barry Smith’s Pre-Raphaelite-inspired work which made the greatest impression at the time (especially Pandora), followed by Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein illustrations. But Jones was the best painter in the group, with a style that blended influences from (among others) JM Whistler, Gustav Klimt and Frank Frazetta. There are galleries of paintings and drawings at the official website. Still to come is Better Things: Life & Choices of Jeffrey Jones, a documentary film by Maria Cabardo. Clips and trailers can be seen here.

A selection of paintings at Golden Age Comic Book Stories
The Studio Pt.1: Jeff Jones

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Roger Dean: artist and designer
Berni Wrightson’s Frankenstein

 


 

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  1. #1 posted by Paul

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    The Studio influenced me in so many ways. Thank you for all the links to remember her by .

  2. #2 posted by Alfie

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    Sad to hear this news. Jones’s effortless draughtsmanship always left me delighted. ‘The Studio’ art book is a great idealistic document that never fails to give a jolt of happiness and inspiration.

  3. #3 posted by Márcio Salerno

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    Another great loss to art, and the guy was young… “The Studio”, with him and Wrightson, and Windsor-Smith and Kaluta is there, right by my left side, in my personal library, together with other works published by the Dean brothers. R. I. P.

 


 

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