Pembroke College JCR Art Collection are delighted to partner with the Jean Jones Estate to present a new exhibition, Jean Jones: In Dialogue with Modern British Painting.
Jones (1927 – 2012), was an English painter who depicted her local surroundings in Oxford, Dartmoor, and London’s Primrose Hill. Her practice, defined by the close observation of the subject in front of her and the use of vivid post-impressionist colour, was designed to express her closeness to, and aesthetic wonder at, the people and places around her.
This exhibition seeks to reintroduce Oxford to Jean Jones’ vibrant, expressive and poetic landscapes, portraits, still-lifes and self-portraits, whilst positioning her amongst the fabric of Oxford’s notable post-war artistic history. Displayed in dialogue with key works from the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection, the exhibition endeavours to interweave Jones’s artwork into the canon of post-war British art, exploring her artistic influences, subjects and techniques. Alongside a myriad of works by Jones, the exhibition will feature works from our collection by artists including Paul Nash, Patrick Heron, Mary Fedden and John Piper.
It has been just over 40 years since her landmark solo exhibition at the world-renowned Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, so it is fitting that her artwork returns to the city once more. The presentation of Jones' work in Oxford will mark a return to the city where she spent the majority of her life. It was here that Jones became close friends with notable writers and academics, such as J.R.R. Tolkien, William Golding, and Iris Murdoch, the latter of whom predicted that Jones would "one day be as famous as Van Gogh".
Exhibition Opening Times
Saturday 30 April - Sunday 15 May 2022
Saturdays and Sundays | 11am - 4pm
Mondays - Fridays | Closed, except for pre-arranged groups or visit
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to enquire about a private or group visit. We will endeavour to facilitate visits where possible, but we do have limited resources, so please do try to come during our public opening hours.
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Pembroke Art Gallery was delighted to welcome back visitors in Autumn 2021. Having been closed to the public since March 2020, we were excited for visitors to explore and enjoy the Gallery and the Pembroke College JCR Art Collection once again.
Late Entry | Early Doors was a showcase of new acquisitions and the artworks which started the collection. The exhibition explored the collection’s first artworks, purchased in the late 1940s and early 1950s, alongside our latest acquisitions. Featuring painting, photography, prints and mixed-media artwork, the exhibition showcased artworks by John Piper, John Minton, Robert Colquhoun, Duncan Grant, Cecil Collins, Michael Ayrton, Peter Ibbetson, Victor Pasmore, Patrick Heron, Prunella Clough, and Percy Wyndham Lewis. Whilst our new acquisitions include artworks by established artists: Chris Ofili, Lubaina Humid, Lina Iris Viktor, Silvia Rossi and Nadine Ijewere; and emerging artists: Mikela Henry-Lowe, Skai Campbell and Jade Pearl.
You can still find out more about our latest acquisitions.
Late Entry | Early Doors is part of our continued commitment to acquiring new artwork for the collection, whilst championing artists and uplifting marginalised voices in the art world. We want to continue to consider new ways of working and thinking, whilst readdressing imbalances in our collection to be more relevant to our students and the public.
Featured image: Nadine Ijewere, Art of Renaissance,, 2017. Photograph
What you lookin' at?
an online exhibition
Explore our collection with our new online exhibition Portraits: What you lookin' at? Discover paintings, sculptures, photographs and drawings which depicture figures and faces. Some of the sitters stare out of the frame, looking back at the viewer. Others are seemingly unaware they are being watched, captured unawares.
an online exhibition walkthrough and guide
While the gallery remains closed to the public, we are delighted to offer digital access to our collection on display. We have continued the Collection Favourites display, incorporating favourites selected by the governing committee of JCR students and Pembroke College staff.
What is your Collection Favourite? Tell us via email or social media
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