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An Homage By Jon Bentley

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  • Peter and Jane

    The lost episodes...

    an homage by Jon Bentley

  • Jon Bentley is an artist working in the Mivart Artists Studios in Bristol. "Thesurreal narrative that runs through my work is fed primarily by my dreams,and like dreams tends to ask more questions than provide answers.

    Like many people of my generation I learned to read with Peter, Jane, Mummy and

    Daddy, not forgetting Pat the dog. As I struggled with the unfamiliar letters my

    childs eyes where inexorably drawn to the pictures on the opposite page.

    Paintings full of strange details that drew you in and seemed to suggest a richer

    more mysterious narrative than the prosaic stories and dialogue on the written

    page.

    45 years later I am drawn back to these images by a chance encounter in a

    second hand bookshop. Perhaps the paintings are etched particularly deep in my

    subconscious by their association with learning to read, which seemed to me as

    a child such a miraculous act; the ability to hear stories without anyone else being

    present.

    Leafing through the old familiar pictures I began to re-imagine them into the "lost

    episodes", an affectionately felt homage to the artists, Harry Wingfield, Martin

    Aitchison and John Berry who created the original paintings that ignited my

    imagination as a child and continue to do so".

    Jon Bentleytel: 0117 955 9956 mob: 07780 511522email: info@jonbentley.co.ukorValerie Hayestel: 01656 881 033 mob: 07969 860540email: valerie-183@hotmail.com

    www.jonbentley.co.uk

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  • Photographed by Matt Divine

    I have made my paintings into mocked upbook form in order to exhibit them. Jon Bentley

    Medium: Oil & Acrylic on MDF and Hardboard with archival digital print.Dimensions 31.7cm x 23.2cm