P O Jones, KES Staff 1967-80s

abcPeter Owen Jones was Head of Art at KES from 1967 until the 1980s.

After retiring, Peter followed his love for painting and the city's streets, trams and railways and became a successful artist in his own right. Sadly he died unexpectedly in 1993. The family has since kept many paintings and in the last 18 years has only exhibited his original works 3 times. Further details of his paintings can be found via http://peterowenjones.co.uk

There is an exhibition of his work at the Botanical Gardens in the exhibition Art in the Gardens on the 3/4th September. His work will be displayed in the first pavillion building - closest to the main entrance gate. Details of the exhibition are at  http://www.artinthegardens.com

Further information is available from his daughter Helena Hutton (formerly Jones) who herself did A-Levels at KES from 1979 to 1981; her email address can be found via either of the sites linked above.

Helena Hutton
Email from John Fells

I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Owen Jones at his home some twenty years ago. The occasion was when my late brother Peter (KES 1950-7), who himself succumbed to an unexpected fatal heart attack six years ago aged 66, had decided to commission POJ to paint a picture of the lower part of Ecclesall Road in the early 1950's. The result is "By the Earl Grey", the original of which is still in the possession of my late brother's family, and a print of which hangs here in my home in Brussels. The black saloon car in the right front foreground actually belonged to my father, and the depiction of the car in the painting is accurate, as it was based on an original contemporary photograph. POJ and my brother shared a lifelong passion for steam trains, and my brother was in fact President of Sheffield Model Engineering Society at the time of his death (you can take rides on their model steam trains on their railway layout at Millhouses).

I have owned a cottage in Bradwell, POJ's birthplace, for over thirty years. Therein hangs an original painting, dated 1980, by POJ, of Bradwell Edge.

Unfortunately I shan't be able to attend the "Botanks" exhibition, will be on the wrong side of the Channel.

John Fells (KES 1957-63)