Barry Leighton Jones "Dressing up time"
Oil on board 92x36cm
“Leighton-Jones’s work celebrates the spirit of children of all ages and from all backgrounds. His pictures have a universal appeal, capture the spontaneity and freshness of their make-believe worlds, and at the same time reawakens the viewer’s personal memories of childhood and their simplicity, honesty and sincerity. They evoke fantasy, mischief and pleasure that children derive from their endless imaginations. Children at play try to know what its like to be grown up, older, wiser, braver and independent, and by putting on mummy’s dress and high-heel shoes, or daddy’s uniform, they step into the adult world which then becomes safe, harmless, less intimidating”.
(‘Leighton-Jones. A Retrospective 1950-2003’ by Dr Tony Crosse. Official biographer to Leighton-Jones)