Born in 1925 in the small Eastern Townships municipality of Waterloo, Henry Wanton Jones was one of the group of “rebels” who, in 1950, held their exhibition on the fringes of the Salon du Printemps of the Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal. Trained at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts School of Art and Design, he taught drawing and sculpture in various Montréal universities until 1975. From 1976 onwards, he devoted himself entirely to oil painting, and exhibited his work across the country. His paintings can be seen today in numerous private and museum collections in Canada, including the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, the Musée d’art de Joliette, the Winnipeg Art Gallery, and the University of New Brunswick.
The painter presents somewhat ambiguous situations, depicting horses accompanied by erotic nudes, as well as masked portraits, self portraits and still lifes. Falling between surrealism and art naïf, and using some of the cubist graphic motifs, Jones’ visual language and symbolism bear witness to a grand poetic spirit and a sensibility that emphasizes the imagination. The exhibition Henry Wanton James. Démasqué! is the first retrospective dedicated entirely to the work of this Quebec artist who has captivated both the public and collectors for more than forty years.
Exhibition in collaboration with Galerie Valentin.