Before I turn to these pages, I should explain that there has been a fresh discovery in my online detective story - the search for information about the artist. The new find has prompted this particular focus on 1983. Readers familiar with these blogs will recall my post telling the story of the visit to Aberystwyth at the end of June this year and the wonder of viewing and transcribing 23 minutes of Jago being interviewed in 1969. Here's the link if you missed it first time or would like to revisit. A week or so ago, I received an email from Owain Meredith, archivist at ITV Wales. Owain had already been very helpful and now he was telling me that he had discovered another piece of film that featured Jago - only three minutes or so but an interview nevertheless and this time from 1983. That was the same year as the Bar Stool interview with the Sunday Express journalist - have I been blessed!
|'Untitled' - Jago Stone - Bardon, 1968|
More on that 1983 film interview another time. Here for your interest is the beginning of my second chapter from the biography. The paintings that accompany the text are a selection from Jago Stone's extraordinarily large 'catalogue'.
|'The Fancy Dress Party' - Jago Stone (1969)|
|The Old Rectory, Edgcot House, Northamptonshire - Jago Stone (1974) - (with thanks to Nick Michas for whom this was painted as a birthday gift and who has sent me this image)|
|Detail from 'The English Village' - Jago Stone (1986) - (my thanks to Jessica Raber and her parents for sending me this image from Missouri in the U.S.A.)|
At this point, I will end the extract - that's enough for one post in the blog-sphere. However, if you would like to read to the end of Denis Pitts' article and get a taste for how my Chapter 2 develops, then simply open this link here and sign up - it's free - to my Jago Stone Newsletter. The September edition will bring you more of Chapter 2 and a fuller Jago story!