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Irene Jones at Hybrid Gallery, Honiton

PUBLISHED: 13:32 14 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013

Irene Jones at Hybrid Gallery, Honiton

Irene Jones at Hybrid Gallery, Honiton

Irene Jones's solo exhibition, 'A Knowing Eye', continues until 2 July at the Hybrid Gallery, Honiton


Irene Jones's solo exhibition, 'A Knowing Eye', continues until 2 July at the Hybrid Gallery, Honiton



In 2009 Irene Jones showed a series of small portraits she called her "Tudor ladies", and over the last two years she has painted feverishly and the result is this solo exhibition of her most recent paintings.



Starting with paintings reminiscent of 16th century portraits, Irenes work has developed into a vibrant collection of images of women, enigmatic, confident and contemporary. The scale of some works have increased and these compositions become more complex. The small portraits still have their place, though less and less they reference the Tudors as attention is drawn to each unique character. These works are inspired by a period yet not slavishly historical and concerned with the perennial issues of human life, they have a timeless quality. Sideways glances, controlled gestures and symbolic details of bird, flower or moon suggest a narrative yet do not impose a story, informed by dreams, fears but most of all her imagination, Irene Jones sees with a knowing eye.


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