22 January 2016
Our work of the week is ‘Quia per Incarnati’, 1953 (circa) currently on show in David Jones: Vision and Memory at Pallant House Gallery.
Jones began making his painted inscriptions during the war. Early ones were sent to friends as greetings, for Christmas and Easter, for weddings and christenings, but later they developed into sophisticated affirmations of his faith in word as image. It is in this medium in which his two main interests, poetry and painting, came together and the artist’s poetic sensibility made manifest. His mix of letter forms and languages, his calibration of scale and spacing and his choice of colour all give to each word its personality and presence.
The inscription reads: “QUIA PER INCARNATI VERBI MYSTERIVM (For by the mystery of the Word made flesh) NOVA MENTIS NOSTRAE OCVLIS LVX TVAE CLARITATIS INFULSIT (the light of thy brightness has shone anew into the eyes of our mind) MINERVA JOVIS CAPITE ORTA (Minerva has sprung from the head of Jove).