The Art of Manuel & Cambridge Jones
November 1st- November 29th, 2008
Tinney Contemporary Art Gallery is proud to present The Image Makers - the Artistry of Manuel and Cambridge Jones an exclusive exhibition of works from award winning British photographer Cambridge Jones' upcoming coffee table book on Manuel, the legendary couturier to the stars. Jones is in the process of creating a unique collection of portraits featuring the iconic designer's high profile clients wearing their favorite Manuel creation. Jones works intuitively, capturing his subjects in ways unlike before. In color as well as in black and white, the large-scale portrait photographs provide a unique and intimate view into the friendships and lives of these celebrities and the man they have entrusted with their professional and personal image. The exhibit also succeeds in providing us, one snapshot at a time, a beyond the closed door glimpse into this world of image making both through Manuel's undeniable vision as designer and creator as well as Cambridge's extraordinary vision as photographer and storyteller. Jones, a celebrity in his own right has photographed four British Prime Ministers, The Queen, and everyone who is anyone from Sir Anthony Hopkins to James Bond. Some of his recent work resides in The Queen's private Library at Windsor Castle. Educated at Oxford University (Honors Degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics) his commercial work centers primarily on the music business, politicians and actors. Manuel, universally known for his exquisite diverse custom creations is more than a clothing designer. An image-maker, he put Johnny Cash in black, the Lone Ranger in a mask, and Elvis in a jump suit. He has dressed just about every country star to come out of Nashville and beyond. From Dwight Yoakam to Dolly Parton, Keith Urban to Kenny Chesney, the list is endless. His custom creations extend to rock royalty like Bob Dylan, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and Jack White. Manuel's Hollywood A-list includes Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Burt Reynolds, Robert Redford, John Travolta and Billy Bob Thorton just to name a few. The ‘Manuel Book', as it is universally described pre-title, will be published when all the portrait sessions with Cambridge Jones are completed in 2009/10. Those who have already been photographed include, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Jack White, Merle Haggard, Dwight Yoakam, Little Richard, Kix Brooks, and the late Porter Wagoner.