My work concerns viewing the world around me and remodelling it with oil paint. I am compelled by the power of portraits and I hope to present not only outward appearances but a true observation of an individual. My way of seeing is to respond to colour and tone and analyse the roles they play in what I observe and I believe in utilising a simple palette of primary colours and white because what we see is a dappled set of nuances based on the simplest of colours. My intention is to always paint without prejudice as if seeing for the first time.
Jonathan Farningham was born in Aberdeen in 1992 and grew up in Harlow in Essex. He studied Fine Art at Birmingham City University and received a 1st class honours degree in 2013.
He completed a two-year Portrait Painting Diploma at Heatherley’s School of Fine art in 2018. Now he works in his studio in Harlow completing commissions and personal projects.
2018 Hesketh Hubbard Life Drawing Bursary
2018 World’s End Studio Drawing Prize
2017 Daphne Todd Portrait Award
2016 Heatherley’s School of Art bursary.
2013 Associated Architect’s Fine Art Prize
2018 Scottish Portrait Awards, Edinburgh then Glasgow
2018 ING Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries
2018 Solo show, Gatehouse Arts
2018 Diploma Show, Heatherley’s
2018 New English Art Club, Mall Galleries
2017 Harlow Open, Gibberd Gallery
2013 Degree Show, Birmingham School of Art