Llewellyn Petley-Jones (1908 -1986) was born in Edmonton, Alberta and began learning his craft from magazines, books and other sources and quickly showed a gift for painting and drawing. After working working in a bank for three years he turned to painting full time. He established a studio where he also taught art to support himself and became known for his portraits, oils and watercolours of the Edmonton and West coast area.
in 1934 Petley-Jones moved to London and within a year he had a his first watercolour accepted at the Royal Academy annual show and was selected to exhibit with the Royal Society of British Artists. He moved again and set up a studio in the Montparnasse area of Paris and had a number of picture accepted by the Salon d'Autumne. In 1939 he me and married his Canadian wife in London and traveled to Italy and managed to leave just before Mussolini declared war. Petley-Jones served in British Navy in World War II.In 1955 he was commissioned by the Alberta Government to paint portraits of Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh for the Alberta Legislative Building. Petley-Jones has exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in Canada and Europe.
The painting depicts a street scene in Montparnasse, Paris. The bright, warm colours reflect a sunny day in Paris captured by Petley-Jones in an impressionistic style.The horizontal layout is suppressed by numerous vertical lines (tree branches, tenement houses). The main diagonal in the composition is that of the main street. The image is signed with brown paint by the artist inn the lower left corner. The painting is attractively double framed with an image size of 38.5 x 27.5cm.
This painting was donated to FARA Greenford.