Henry Wanton Jones (1925-2021)
Retrospective Exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in Sherbrooke from Oct. 28, 2017 until Feb. 18, 2018
The Henry Wanton Jones. Démasqué! exhibition presents sixty pictorial works and ten sculptures. It is the first retrospective to be dedicated to this Quebec artist’s work, which has captivated both the public and the collectors for more than forty years. Born in 1925 in Waterloo, Eastern Townships, Henry Wanton Jones is part of the group of “rebels” who, in 1950, held their exhibition on the fringes of the Salon du Printemps ofthe Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Belonging to the same generation of artists as Jean-Paul Riopelle, Marcelle Ferron and Pierre Gaudreau, he has imprinted our quest towards modernity. The artist’s plastic language, inclined towards surrealism, is unique in the Canadian history of painting. Jones presents somewhat ambiguous situations, depicting horses accompanied by erotic nudes, as well as masked portraits, self-portraits and still lifes. Genuine visual poetry, his complete work bears testimony to a sense of humour and an artistic sensibility that have a lasting effect on the imagination.
Trained at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Shool of Art and Design, he teaches drawing and sculpture in various Montreal universities until 1975. In the 1960s and 1970s, his artistic work is divided between the abstract and the figurative; between sculpture and painting. From 1976 onwards, he devotes himself entirely to oil painting, and presents his work across the country. His works of art are now held in numerous museums and in private collections in Canada, including at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and at the University of New Brunswick.