Hamley Jenkins



Spontaneous drawings and paintings are an essential part of my own personal development and I regard myself as fortunate to have pursued these activities throughout my whole life. Formally trained as an illustrator, I graduated with a BA (Hons) from the Faculty of Art and Music at Bath College in 1993 and went on to work in packaging and an occasional illustrator. In 2008 I decided to return to painting with greater rigour; committing to acrylics for environmental reasons I enrolled on a drawing course with Alex Cree, a most fortunate decision that led to a role as the Roaming Sketch Artist at Wilderness Festival for 5 consecutive years – all the drawings appear here.

During this time I also took part in and volunteered for Dulwich Festival’s Artists’ Open House and entered competitions. 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 I also took part in the Painter-Stainers’ Art Sale in 2020. My work was chosen for both the 2017 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition and the 2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

In 2020 the pandemic brought to a close a residency I had initiated at Jazz Live at the Crypt in Camberwell, South London, where I had sketched the musicians live at least once a week for 18 months. I am most grateful to the music trustees at the Crypt for their generosity in allowing me such access. The subsequent lockdown has given me plenty of time to find a great artists’ collective, Proposition Studios, and hone my creative output. This website acts as an online catalog of my creative journey.

About the artist

‘Jason Yarde; Jazz Live at the Crypt’

selected by Beverley Knight for the

2020 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

A very chilly on site piece executed in the window of the Crooked Well, my contribution to the Camberwell Arts’ Lockdown Exhibition that was ongoing in the area until the end of March