Demons / Jon Bentley

In Jon Bentley’s latest oil paintings, Peter and Jane, the Lost Episodes, he succeeds in recontextualising commonplace scenes with unexpected and absurdly humorous interventions. Jon recalls his first encounter with the iconic Peter and Jane books: Like many people of my generation, I learned to read with Peter, Jane, Mummy, Daddy and Pat the dog. As I struggled with the unfamiliar letters, my eyes where invariably drawn to the picture on the opposite page, full of strange details that drew me in and seemed to suggest a richer more mysterious narrative than the prosaic stories and dialogue on the written page. Years later, Jon revisited those images and began to construct a series of alternative and surreal narratives — via My Life in Art

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