Deborah Jones: Teddy Bear

Deborah Jones was a world-renowned artist, who made a living from the creation of teddy bear paintings.

Unfortunately, Deborah died at the age of 91 in 2012 and will be remembered for obsession with painting teddy bears. This obsession began when her treasured teddy, named Lexi, had survived a German bomb strike, completely destroying her home in 1941.

This teddy bear was the story behind many of her fine art paintings and continues to be the way in which she is remembered. Deborah had a varied career, which included work in the theatre, producing props and costumes at the Royal Opera House.

In her ‘sixties’, she began to travel on both business and for pleasure. Producing beautiful pieces of fine art was her passion and all of her vast experiences were compiled together within books, sketch pads and the like.

Deborah Jones was not only confined to painting teddy bears though, she also produced paintings with techniques that included trompe l’oeil. Some of her greatest work what in fact her paintings of old back street antique shops. With incredibly fine detailing and immaculate realistic visionary, her paintings were and still are very popular among fine art collectors.

With her extensive portfolio of impressive fine art, she still has a few unique antique paintings for sale, one of these very few that remain available being ‘The Antique Shop’.

This original oil painting was created by Deborah during the 1990’s and is one of her better pieces, it has to be said. Painting was where her real talent lay, and this oil painting is a great example of that. Deborah continually produced unique paintings throughout her cultured career and although they all followed similar styles, they were completely original to anyone of her era.

If you were to spot Deborah Jones in the beginning of her artistry career you could find her observing fashion drawings in the Victoria and Albert Museum. You could have also found her displaying her canvases on the very same day along some railings. She was a person that enjoyed working and more importantly, enjoyed a life time of painting.

When she unfortunately passed, you could still find her sat with her teddy Lexi loyally at her bedside, even if it was in a slightly tatty state than it was in 1941.

For an artist that never had a single art lesson and was completely self-taught, she lived a very successful life as a painter.


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