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Camberwell

A Mythic Understanding: inspired by David Jones

Photo of photo of Print 3: Gawain's Blow
Photo of Print 3: Gawain's Blow - Credit: Camberwell College of Arts

This exhibition is one part of a College-wide project led by Geoff Coupland (aka ZEEL) that explores the life and themes of the work of artist, illustrator and poet David Jones.

6 November - 14 December 2018

Jones was aged just 14 when he first attended the then Camberwell Art School in 1909, before enlisting for service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers to fight in the First World War. This experience had a profound effect on Jones both emotionally and artistically. He went on to write ‘In Parenthesis’, an epic, novel-length war poem, and as an artist working in many modes, he made numerous paintings, drawings and book illustrations with a particular use of mythical imagery.

His legacy is visible in the work of many illustrators working today, including John Vernon Lord, Clive Hicks Jenkins, Charlotte Cory, Marguerite Carnec, Sue Coe, Linda Kitson and David McKean, and their contemporary work will be shown alongside a display about Jones’ life and work created especially for the exhibition by design studio Work-Form