“The making of art makes me feel more alive. It helps me to see the world, absorb it and share this expression to the wider community. It’s a kind of communication, not completely cathartic and I like the way other people can enter into your perceptions. It’s basically sharing an energy (through line and colour) and people can pick up on that energy – a visual language.” Jonathan Thompson, 2016
Jonathan's recent project focusses on The Solent Way, a 60 mile footpath between Emsworth and Milford on Sea in Hampshire. Jonathan begins his journey of printmaking in this series by observing the changing landscape, using on-site, outdoor watercolour studies in a sketchbook. Fundamentally interested in drawing, Jonathan explores how line and calligraphic marks express life and energy of a subject, especially in the landscape.
On return to the studio, Jonathan transforms his initial observations further into a painterly approach using multiple copper plates to print onto a single sheet of paper. The tenacity to find time to make these prints and develop a process is also a journey. Jonathan explains - “The two enquiries of method and quest for the sublime in the landscape has been a long tradition in British Art, and the more I immerse myself in this journey, the more it reveals.”
Jonathan Thompson is a Painter-Printmaker who produces limited edition etchings. The images depict a journey that evoke a sense of the sublime using the landscape or a narrative to create prints within the British Visionary tradition. He has received several awards for his work at the Mall Galleries and Camberwell College of Arts London where he graduated in BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting in 1985, Postgraduate Printmaking 1986 & MA Printmaking in 2000. Jonathan is also the Learning Support Manager at the University for the Creative Arts Farnham campus which helps to promote inclusive learning for disabled learners.