Originally built into the panelled wall, its curved form dominating the far end of the restaurant, the mural’s vivid colours and stylised human forms are instantly recognisable as Jones’ work. Whereas his painted figures often seem to erupt from the canvas in their bold three-dimensionality, here they are flat, tied down by their tonal integration with the background, allowing the vast panels to dominate the space without overpowering the viewer. The bold colours bleed into one another in places whilst sharply juxtaposed in others, giving the whole a dreamlike effect – a kind of tropical idyll in which perceptions of depth and space are lost, subjugated to the primacy of colour, recalling not only the work of Marc Chagall, but also that of Paul Gauguin. In this fantastical space the only anchors are provided by a patterned Turkish rug to the lower left and a tree in the centre of the composition, whose vibrant red tones almost match those of the background behind. The fine, fluid outlines of Jones’ figures are sinuous – meandering and suggestive in their description of form. They do little to interact with each other, and seem almost to float, reflecting the continuing influence of Nietzche’s ideas of overcoming the restrictive ‘Spirit of Gravity’. Jones makes full use of the width of the huge panel to incorporate several of his favourite motifs of this period: to the left a lone performer in a grass skirt, totally self-absorbed, in the centre a figure draped in the tree watching her, and to the right a dancing couple representative of the artist and his muse. Each figure or group is discreet, operating independently of the others, again giving the sense that they are representational rather than realistic depictions, types rather than individuals. Similarly spare figures and bold colours are seen in his Islands series of lithographs and paintings, inspired by a trip to the Caribbean in the late 1980’s, and this large-scale mural can perhaps be seen as the natural culmination of this series of work – a celebration of colour through dancing, joyful figures on a vast scale.
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