About the artist
Dylan Jones uses thick, handmade oil paint to depict an array of images from a ray of sunshine in a rural setting to the torso of a naked man or an abandoned boat left beached on land. A graduate of the Queensland College of Art, colour, composition and the simplification of form are key drivers and the freshness of his work drawn from his preference to paint en plein air. His work is inspired by people and places. In 2018 and 2019 he has been a finalist in the Mosman Art Prize in Sydney. Jones likes to step outside to capture his subject noting that he is “attracted to the unseen and undervalued beauty of the everyday – the moment that people miss and dismiss as not worthy of attention”. Jones has had solo exhibitions with Jan Manton Art in Brisbane as well as various group shows.
About the sitter
John Eales is undoubtedly the most renowned captain in the history of Australian Rugby Union. His accolades as a Wallabies and Reds player are simply too long to list. After his Rugby career came to an end in 2001, Eales seamlessly transferred his leadership skills to the corporate world, becoming the founder of a successful business consultancy company. Beyond that he is a celebrated author and columnist and is the ambassador for the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. He is known for his diplomacy, generosity and good nature. Born in Brisbane and schooled at Marist College Ashgrove and then the University of Queensland, he played a major part in Australia’s victories at the Rugby World Cup twice in his career and he retired as the most capped lock of all time with 84 test appearances. Since retiring from rugby he has had a successful corporate career.