The current exhibition of David Jones’s art at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester is the first full-scale exhibition of his work for 20 years, and long overdue.

Immediately you enter the gallery you are confronted by a self-portrait of the artist painted in 1931, significantly called Human Being. It reveals almost everything we need to know: a man who sees himself as representing humankind, a common being in a shared universe. Painted when Jones was 36, it is a direct almost frontal image. As in almost all self-portraits by other artists, he draws attention to his eyes. Icon-like, they ...


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