Hamley Jenkins


Formally trained as an illustrator, I graduated with a BA (Hons) from Bath College Faculty of Art and Music in 1993. My work was selected for exhibition at the House of Illustration as part of the 2016 Book Illustration Competition (details here), and the nocturne shown below, New Grangewood Gardens, was also selected for exhibition at the 2016 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize show. My landscape paintings are often inspired by cycling through my local parks as I research the map for Artist’s Open House, as well as hiking excursions further afield. The scenes are often drawn at night, dawn and dusk, making the mood more contemplative.

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’.

For 3 consecutive years I have been the Sketch Artist at arts event Wilderness Festival held by Secret Productions and Mamaco – all the drawings appear here - and I’m delighted to be going back in 2017 too. Drawing at Wilderness has encouraged me to introduce figures into my landscape paintings, lending the pieces an improved sense of scale, creating potential narratives that the viewer is invited to explore and allowing my two main themes, landscapes and archetypes, to converge.


About the artist

“Holoscenes; Death of Orpheus”, shortlisted for the 2017 Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize

New Grangewood Gardens, exhibited at the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize show 2016