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 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 the piece shown below and one of my nocturnes was chosen for the 2017 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition.

For 5 consecutive years I have been the Roaming Sketch Artist at Wilderness Festival, an arts event run by Mamaco – all the drawings appear here. In 2017 I undertook a live full colour painting of Wilderness lake and the revellers there based on a painting by Georges Seurat, and this year sketched some fantastic workshops in watercolour and ink. 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.

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. 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

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