Ross Jones

Winding Down

Giclee Print

805 x 1180 mm



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About this artwork

“Here I have featured Lionel’s ‘Tinplate No 1-44 Toy Boat’. The 1 prefix denotes that this model is a reproduction by Lionel from the original 1930s mould, reissued in 1980. Constructed of stamped tinplate metal, the ‘1-44’ sports a glossy baked enamel finish, nickel plated trim, opening hatches, and two figurines. Under the hatches a clockwork motor powers the prop for up to four minutes of wild water racing! The rudder is adjustable to allow the boat to travel in circles, or it can be locked in place so that the craft can run straight out for about 30m before automatically turning itself around and heading back toward the operator!

I’d been looking for this model for several years, and finally found this boxed example in the States. I also have its twin, ‘No 43’, which will feature in a later painting.

I also own and feature the fantastic clockwork tinplate race car ‘Golden Arrow’. This is a beautiful limited-edition race car by Schylling of Germany. This model of the famous Golden Arrow celebrates the Land Speed Record of 231.45MPH, set in 1929 by Major Henry Seagrave on Daytona Beach. Many consider the Golden Arrow to be the best-looking Land Speed Record car ever built.

Lionel Corporation was an American toy manufacturer and holding company of retailers that had been in business for over 120 years. Founded as an electrical novelties company, Lionel specialised in various products throughout its existence although toy trains and model railroads were their main claim to fame. Lionel trains have been in production since 1900, and over the years they drew admiration from model railroaders worldwide due to the solidity of their construction and authentic detailing. During their peak years in the 1950s, the company sold $25 million worth of trains annually.

For over forty years, Schylling, Inc. has specialised in timeless toys. Among these lines are the iconic tin toys that have been an important part of the company’s history. In addition, Schylling produces limited edition high quality reproduction tin plate toys.”

– Ross Jones

Image Size: 500 x 1040 mm
Paper Size: 805 x 1180 mm
Limited edition of: 49

Artist bio

Ross Jones is a contemporary painter creating works that evoke a heady sense of nostalgia and elevated playfulness.

Working from his studio overlooking the Hauraki Gulf north of Auckland, Jones’ fusion of playful realism incorporates elements of the surreal. Each meticulously devised painting offers hints at various narratives as the artist invites the viewer to engage with his role as storyteller.

I love the phrase “Don’t let the truth get in the way of a good story,” so as you view my paintings, don’t let your imagination stop you from seeing the bigger picture. How far the journey takes you is entirely up to you.” – Ross Jones

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