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FILL IN our mag­a­zine sur­vey (op­po­site) and you could be the lucky win­ner of one of Chris Jones’s beau­ti­ful 2019 Poul­try Cal­en­dars.

Artist Chris has been pro­duc­ing an an­nual cal­en­dar of his poul­try paint­ings since 2016. His 2019 cal­en­dar fea­tures a mix­ture of older works and re­cent paint­ings — many of them com­mis­sions for keep­ers of spe­cific breeds. Through the cal­en­dar he rep­re­sents the diver­sity of breeds — both large and ban­tam fowl — im­ages of birds in their en­vi­ron­ments and por­traits of in­di­vid­ual birds. He in­cludes breeds such as the Sus­sex, Or­p­ing­ton and Silkie, as well as ex­otics like the Sul­tan and Yoko­hama. There are even a few ducks for those who don’t keep chick­ens.

Chris says: “My cal­en­dars have proved so pop­u­lar over the years that vis­i­tors to the Na­tional Poul­try Show and the Fed­er­a­tion Cham­pi­onship Show at the end of each year have come to ex­pect them, of­ten re­serv­ing mul­ti­ple copies for col­lec­tion at the show. Hope­fully each cal­en­dar con­tains some­thing for every­one.” G The 2019 Poul­try Cal­en­dar by Chris Jones, which is A3 size and pro­duced in full colour, is pub­lished by Uniq Pub­lish­ers and costs £9.99 + £3 P&P (UK). Or­der through www.chrisjone­


CHRIS JONES has been a full-time artist for nearly 20 years. He has painted a va­ri­ety of sub­jects in that time — from ex­otic wildlife stud­ied dur­ing trav­els abroad, to fa­mil­iar Bri­tish and do­mes­tic sub­jects. For the last decade he has con­cen­trated on poul­try — both por­tray­als of spe­cific breeds that ap­peal to ex­perts and en­thu­si­asts alike and larger works fea­tur­ing many birds that are de­lib­er­ately rem­i­nis­cent of the works of clas­si­cal artists, such as the 17th Cen­tury Dutch painter Mel­chior de Hon­de­coeter.

First-hand knowl­edge of his sub­jects is of ut­most im­por­tance to Chris’s style of work, and to this end he has kept sev­eral breeds of ban­tam him­self. He also reg­u­larly vis­its breed­ers and poul­try shows to study and pho­to­graph spe­cific birds.

Draw­ing in­spi­ra­tion from a va­ri­ety of sources, he of­ten com­bines metic­u­lous draw­ing and oil paint­ing tech­nique with com­plex and in­trigu­ing com­po­si­tions to cre­ate un­usual and ar­rest­ing im­ages.

Chris, who has ex­hib­ited his paint­ings both in the UK and the US, lives and works in Wilt­shire.

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