No Pasaran

Patrick Jones, an international artist living in Devon has been painting all his life. He currently has an exhibition, No Pasaran, a Retrospective, at the gallery in Preston Street, Exeter. A recent illness has led to Patrick evaluating his life’s work, this exhibition invites us to share in this process.

In his student days, Patrick’s heroes were Matisse, Pollock and Miro and this was what led me to the exhibition. In 1997 he began the No Pasaran series of work, inspired by the Ken Loach film Land and freedom, and he says the work ‘makes visual his continuing preoccupation with human rights and democracy.

Here are some of the paintings.

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I was able to have a brief char with Patrick, and he is a charming, self-effacing man. His work mainly made me happy, with the exception of one or two that I found darker.

If you’re in the area, No Pasaran (they shall not pass), continues until the 9th of April.