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John Paul Jones

Felix Landau Gallery

Although this area has developed a cult of artists attempting to work in a similar vein, John Paul Jones continues to out-distance the field. Not predilected to sudden changes, Jones manages to ease from one nuance to another with exhilarating invention and without changing his general direction. His mono- and duochromatic settings are still peopled by mysterious beings who stand or float motionless exhibiting pleasant or mildly pugnacious demeanors, as though faintly amused by the antics of foreigners in their land where all the usual means of communication have failed to make contact. They smile patiently but remain aloof—deaf and dumb to pleas for understanding.

If not upright, these benign characters recline on couches and biers, lightly draped, now pleasantly diverted, now solemn, awaiting that eternal sleep with good grace and the unfaltering trust recommended in Bryant’s Thanatopsis,

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