Wonderfully weird retro pop art.
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. —Jon Bentley | My Life in Art.