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David Jones: Vision and Memory

Saturday 12 March - Sunday 05 June
Djanogly Gallery

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Admission free

David Jones (1895-1974) was a painter, engraver, poet and maker of inscriptions. A lyrical draughtsman, he responded with delight to the visual world, yet his vision was informed by memory reaching back into the depths of time and history. The celebrated art historian and broadcaster, Kenneth Clark, believed he was the greatest British watercolourist of the 20th century. 

This major exhibition has been organised to coincide with the publication of a new monograph and includes some 60 works from throughout Jones’s life in a timely reassessment of one of the most imaginative artists of his era. Exhibits range from sketches made on the Western Front to watercolours of trees, flowers and thorns, as well as drawings of Arthurian subjects and painted inscriptions.

In the 1920s, working in the circle of Eric Gill, Jones became an engraver of the first rank. His illustrated books engage with the world of symbol and myth. They will be exhibited alongside his shimmering watercolours of still lives, seascapes and portraits. In later years, as David Jones devoted more time to poetry, he painted inscriptions that are as vital in design as they are allusive in content.

The exhibition has been organised by Pallant House Gallery, Chichester, with the support of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales, and features works drawn from both private and public lenders including Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, Tate and the V&A.

"Pallant has revived a painter with wit, verve, technique, and vision. David Jones has everything, except perhaps fame."

Mark Sheerin on David Jones: Vision and Memory, Culture 24, 27 October 2015


"The Pallant House show groans with treasure, and from every part of Jones’s life."

Rachel Cooke on David Jones: Vision and Memory, The Observer, 1 November 2015


The David Jones competition is now closed. Huge thanks to all of you who entered. We had some fantastic entries in each of the categories. We're pleased to announce that the winners are:

Nature Detectives Jigsaw Puzzle: Sienna Dajas-Portillo
Den Building Kit: Aimee East
A copy of 'The Art of David Jones: Vision & Memory': Sally Brodie

We've emailed each of the winners individually with info about claiming their prizes.

This exhibition has been made possible as a result of the Government Indemnity Scheme. The Djanogly Gallery would like to thank HM Government for providing Government Indemnity and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and Arts Council England for arranging the indemnity.

Image: David Jones, Lourdes, 1928, watercolour, Kettle’s Yard, University of Cambridge © Trustees of the David Jones Estate