Quentin Jones: Naked with Paint
The Coquettish Artist Becomes the Canvas in Her Latest Animated Short
Illustrator, animator and fashion filmmaker Quentin Jones paints a daring self-portrait in an inky new film for NOWNESS. The London-based model and Cambridge philosophy graduate, whose mélange of hand-drawn and digital animations have appeared in fashion films for Vogue, AnOther and The Hunger, ditched the usual scripts, storyboards and wardrobe to star in a freewheeling two-tone romp. A personal project developed during scarce downtime between projects for Chanel, Victoria Beckham and Kenzo, Jones toyed with the idea of painting directly onto her subject, in this case herself, side-stepping the interruptions of shooting stop-motion…
It was Jones’ own modeling career from an early age that led her to experimenting with the perceptions of modern beauty and the sexualisation of the female form. Taking fashion’s typical straight down the line beauty and turning it on its head, she added the rough edges and stop motion, cut and paste jobs that has made her stand out from her peers.
With a creative process that, in her own words, is rather slap dash than organized to every fine detail, it is the beauty in the unexpected that forms the basis of most of Jones’ work. In her studio in Primrose Hill, the space is taken by a host of 2D and 3D objects with typical Jones style – cats (although strangely, she isn’t a big fan), big bold lines, Disney references and a play at pop culture are the key ingredients that make this a melting pot of creativity.