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Label for a Painting

3.13.21 | old art with new labels no. 8


Diane Jones, 34
Francis Bickell, 1995
Acrylic on masonite
21”x 26” (53.34 cm x 66.04 cm)

Jones has taken a note from Ted Turner and is colorizing old family photos. Her latest painting was gifted to her grandfather, Francis, on his 80th birthday. The subject sits on an oil rig situated on Nichols Run where he worked in Limestone NY, pre-World War II. The war that took his youngest brother from him in a flash of an exploding shell. Returning himself, Francis married the artist’s grandmother, building a triangle of grandparents. The basic shapes and colors of the painting is reminiscent of the early Saturday morning cartoons dancing on the TV screen, just before the door open to fathers yelling out, “Turn that boob-tube off and get outside to get the stink blown off you.” 

In the same house.
Still in a small town.
With a big city drive.

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