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R.I.P. Jeffrey Catherine Jones (1944-2011)

This is a post I meant to make a couple of days back, but better late than never.

Thursday May 19, 2011, the woman that Frank Frazetta once called "the greatest living painter," Jeffrey Catherine Jones ("Jeff Jones"), died. If, like me, you grew up in the 1970s and '80s, reading magazines like Heavy Metal and novels by the likes of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Fritz Leiber, Andre Norton, and Robert E. Howard, then you are likely familiar with the work of Jeff Jones, even if you have no idea who she was.

In particular, a lot of people don't know she was a transwoman. She also suffered from mental illness, and to quote Wikipedia, "In 2001, she experienced a nervous breakdown and lost her home and workspace. In 2004 she had her own apartment and started producing work again."

And now another visionary is gone from the world, and we are poorer for the loss. There are some examples of her work behind the cut.











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lee_in_limbo
May. 24th, 2011 12:34 am (UTC)
Truly wonderful artist, and a beautiful soul. The world has indeed lost a visionary talent.
whiskeychick
May. 24th, 2011 03:15 am (UTC)
^this.
thimbleofrain
May. 24th, 2011 01:27 am (UTC)
I'd wondered if you would comment on this.
sovay
May. 24th, 2011 02:57 am (UTC)
Thursday May 19, 2011, the woman that Frank Frazetta once called "the greatest living painter," Jeffrey Catherine Jones ("Jeff Jones"), died.

She did the cover for one of my favorite Andre Nortons, The Zero Stone (1968):

whiskeychick
May. 24th, 2011 03:13 am (UTC)
I'm fairly certain...
My father had a lithograph framed in his bathroom of that last piece. I hadn't made the connection until seeing it here that it was the same.
corucia
May. 24th, 2011 03:20 am (UTC)
A great artist - I was very sad to hear of her passing. I was very fortunate to get a wonderful large original watercolor sketch she did of a sailback, possibly a Dimetrodon though it's hard to tell. She had a wonderful talent in her use of color and texture.
spank_an_elf
May. 24th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
Wait, just fucking wait, Jeff Jones was trans? I remember the name from the Warren comics days, Creepy, Eerie and then Vampirella. Ha, there, subscribing to those mags when I was eleven was the way to go. No lie, I asked for subscriptions to the Warren mags for Christmas. Oh yeah, Vampirella really thrilled me.

Bless my tolerant parents.

Jeffery C. Jones, you inspired me more than I ever realized. Bless you.

robyn_ma
May. 24th, 2011 12:35 pm (UTC)
'In particular, a lot of people don't know she was a transwoman.'

I didn't.

If this makes any sense, back in the day when I thought she was male, her depiction of female fantasy figures struck me as being much more feminine than most of her colleagues at Heavy Metal. Especially 'I'm Age.'
fornikate
May. 24th, 2011 07:41 pm (UTC)
I didn't either, and I always liked her art for the same reason.
darkarmadillo
May. 25th, 2011 06:40 pm (UTC)
Jeffrey Catherine Jones
God, I just read this.

Even before Lovecraft (and shortly after Tolkien) I found Fritz Leiber's marvelous Fafhrd and the Grey Mouser stories published by Ace. The Jeff Jones (back then) cover art for those five books struck me then and strike me now as the most apt and magical covers for fantasy fiction ever. I just purchased new 'used' copies of 'Swords Against Death' and 'Swords in the Mist' because my originals were falling apart after +35 years.

I'm afraid I am one of the many who was unaware of her struggles in life. Its times like this that I sincerely wish for some sort of karmic balance that pays back the people who give so much. I can't quite bring myself to hope for it, but it would be nice.
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