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. Currently I am the artist in residence at Jazz Live at the Crypt in Camberwell, South London, and have just had a solo show at the venue, more details here. Almost every Friday I am to be found sketching the musicians at the  club live during the performance.

My illustration work has recently 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