Brett Jones’s cards will feature in an exhibition which opens on tonight at the Maryborough Art Society’s gallery in Kent Street.
Brett Jones’s cards will feature in an exhibition which opens on tonight at the Maryborough Art Society’s gallery in Kent Street. JOCELYN WATTS

Whiteknuckle art cards in demand

IT MIGHT be called a two-card trick.

First he produced a set of playing cards as close to unique as makes no difference, now Brett Jones’s playing cards have been rubber-stamped as top grade industry material.

Confirmation comes in the form of a second colour – blue.

The talented Craignish artist devoted 5000 hours of intricate, often painstaking artwork to the creation the Whiteknuckle cards which included the faces of real-life friends drawn on the picture cards.

He included his own face on the joker card, after he had been approached playing card collector Bruce Rendall to design and produce a unique deck of cards.

Brett came up trumps.

His A4 creations went on display in the Maryborough Art Society gallery earlier this year, and the red back cards were snapped up so quickly that a second edition had to be printed to meet the international demand.

Nine months after the red backs, now comes the Whiteknuckle blue backs.

“Established brands of playing cards all have two different card backs available so the release of the companion deck has given notice in the world of playing cards that there is a new kid on the block,” the 43-year-old said.

“The first edition deck is now officially a collectors item as the publisher has sold all their stock.

“They will be available in the Wide Bay area until the stock held by Sea of Pain Fine Art Productions runs out.”

The card sets are available at about 20 Fraser Coast outlets, including popular arty haunt Creations on the Harbour at the Urangan marina.

Brett has flown in a few hundred decks from the United States.

“I flew a few hundred decks over from the States as soon as they were made to have them here for Christmas.

“The rest are coming by sea and from initial reaction I think they will sell out before the surface shipment arrives, probably in January.”

The deck is under development for the next two editions and more pastel originals are under way.

The deck has won rave reviews among the card sharp types all over the world.

The Siberian Museum of Playing Cards described the cards as “the most beautiful in the world”.



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