Basil Jonzen (1913-1967) was a well known painter of landscapes, still lifes and portraits, mainly in oils. In 1944 Basil Jonzen met another Anglo-Swede and married Karin who was a well known sculptor and after World War II they ran a successful weekend art gallery at their home in South Kensington. He was a kind of meteor in the British art world during the post-war years, an instantly successful painter, holding sell-out exhibitions at a time when British artists hardly sold at all. He established a successful relationship with The Redfern Gallery in London who during the 1930s arranged that between his sell out shows he could to travel to France, mainland Spain, and the Balearic Islands to paint new work. The oil that we currently have available was painted in 1932 and has the original 1933 Redfern Gallery label verso.
He had studied art under Bernard Meninsky at the Central School of Arts and Crafts. Jonzen also showed with the New English Art Club from 1933, the Royal Academy from 1944, with the Royal Society of British Artists, and the Arthur Tooth & Son Gallery in London. Basil Jonzen’s work is held in a number of public collections, including The Arts Council, Bradford Art Gallery & Museums, and Brighton & Hove Art Galleries.