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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.











Comments

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.