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. My work was shown at the House of Illustration during the 2016 Book Illustration Competition Exhibition (details here), and was also exhibited at the 2016 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize show. My landscape paintings are inspired by moments that I witness when cycling through local London parks, or on hiking excursions further afield, during more contemplative times of day, such as dawn, dusk or under the moon.

For 4 consecutive years I have been the Roaming Artist at Wilderness Festival, an arts event run by Secret Productions and Mamaco – all the drawings appear here - and this year I undertook a live full colour painting of Wilderness lake and the revellers there based on a painting by Georges Seurat. Drawing and painting at Wilderness has been a fantastic experience and has 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.

Alongside the landscape work I also do sketchbook work using a process inspired by the Rorsach test; spontaneous marks evolve into images that imply characters or stories, hence the title ‘Archetypes’. A similar technique was employed by surrealists such as Miro and Breton to trawl their subconscious for visual material; as Jung said, archetypes are ‘at the same time, both images and emotions’.

About the artist

Painting live during  Wilderness festival this summer, where the hand-made bamboo easel also attracted comment from the festival community.

(Many thanks to Peter Jones for this great  photo).

‘Misty Trees’ , selected for the ING Discerning Eye Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London by Anne Magillhttp://www.discerningeye.org/https://www.mallgalleries.org.uk/whats-onhttp://www.annemagill.com/http://www.discerningeye.org/shapeimage_3_link_0shapeimage_3_link_1shapeimage_3_link_2