FAY JONES



Born 1936 in Boston, Massachusetts
Fay Jones, who studied at the Rhode Island School of Design (B.F.A., 1957), put her career on the backburner after her husband, the painter Robert Jones, took a teaching position at the University of Washington in 1960. Today, the Seattle based artist has a strong following in the Pacific Northwest and has received broader recognition through national exhibitions and her receipt of N.E.A. fellowships in 1983 and 1990. Interestingly enough, 18th century courtship scenes painted by Antoine Watteau inspired Jones, who depicted the theatrics of loves won or lost not through the elegant dances of the "fete galante," but as a battle of the sexes in a boxing arena. In the triptych editioned by Gary Day and student assistant Jaime Hackbart, the woman wearing boxing gloves originates from "Self-Portrait: Braque Boxing", for which she appropriated the pose struck by the French painter in a 1910 photograph. Her opponent is the anchor shaped sailor, a man that rarely stays in port long. The boxer throws the knockout punch. Standing on one leg and with dead weights for hands, her lover appears on the verge of falling over and incapable of fight back.




Weights
1993; color lithograph and woodblock triptych on Okawara Handmade; sheet (each panel): 34 x 14 3/4 (86.36 x 35.56); edition of 25