Jon Bentley

In Jon’s latest oil paintings, ‘Peter and Jane, the Lost Episodes’, he succeeds in recontextualising commonplace scenes with unexpected and absurdly humorous interventions. Jon recalls his first encounter with the iconic Peter and Jane books: ‘Like many people of my generation, I learned to read with Peter, Jane, Mummy, Daddy and Pat the dog. As I struggled with the unfamiliar letters, my eyes where invariably drawn to the picture on the opposite page, full of strange details that drew me in and seemed to suggest a richer more mysterious narrative than the prosaic stories and dialogue on the written page’. Years later, Jon revisited those images and began to construct a series of alternative and surreal narratives.

Work from this series was recently included in The Threadneedle Prize for Painting and Sculpture 2013.

 

stardust

‘Startdust’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

 

Mythical creatures_My Life in Art

‘Mythical Creatures’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

Prophesy

‘Prophesy’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

witch doctor

‘Witch Doctor’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

shopping

‘Shopping’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

crab

‘Crab’ (Sold)

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

Mummies

‘Mummies’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

headshop

‘Headshop’ (sold)

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

Unusual Forest

‘Unusual Forest’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

Exercise 1

‘Demons’

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

Stairs

‘Stairs’ (Sold)

Oil, acrylic and print on board

23 x 32 x 4cm plus glass box frame

£1,800

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