Barry Leighton Jones (1932-2011), born in London, was a British artist known for his depictions of clowns and urchins. He completed seven years of academic training at Sidcup and Brighton and was tutored by the English artist John Minton. His breakthrough as a painter came in 1985 when created a series of paintings of the American clown, Emmett Kelly. His work is characterized by realistic rendition of the human form combined with an Impressionistic background. Between 1986 and 1992, the artist produced paintings with the purpose of reproduction including The Emmett Kelly Collection, The Gone With the Wind Collection, and The Wizard of Oz Collection. He also created a number of portraits and collages of prominent 19th century faces.