Hamley Jenkins



Formally trained as an illustrator, I graduated with a BA (Hons) from the Faculty of Art and Music at Bath College in 1993. I have just concluded a residency at Jazz Live at the Crypt in Camberwell, South London, where I sketched the musicians live at least once a week for 18 months, with a solo show at the venue in 2019. These sketches and the music itself have gone on to inspire several paintings and I would like to thank the music trustees at the Crypt for their generosity in allowing me to be part of the club and allowing me complete creative freedom.

The lockdown has inspired a new children’s story project which is ongoing, Matthew’s Neighbours. My illustration work appeared in a Folio Society edition of the classic book ‘Black Beauty’, and also featured in the House of Illustration 2016 Book Illustration Competition Exhibition (details here). The 2016 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize show exhibited one of my nocturnes and the nocturne shown below was chosen for the 2017 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

For 5 consecutive years I was the Roaming Sketch Artist at Wilderness Festival, an arts event run by Mamaco – all the drawings appear here. Drawing and painting at Wilderness Festival over the years has been a fantastic experience and has led me to introduce figures into my landscape paintings, lending the pieces an improved sense of scale and creating potential narratives that the viewer is invited to explore.

About the artist

Sketching live at a South Space Records event in Momo, London

(Many thanks to Matty Swan for this really wonderful photo)!

‘Misty Trees’, selected by Anne Magill for exhibition at the prestigious 2017 ING Discerning Eye show