Jonathan Mulvaney statement
Jonathan started painting after a long career creating sculptures for public and private collections.
“On holiday in Scotland I came across a man painting a landscape in a remote part of the Isle of Lewis. After talking with him for while it struck me how truly creative his process was. Just him, his painting and the landscape – a real contrast to the frustrating complexities and politics of making public sculpture that I was involved in whereby the creative element was somewhat limited by the interaction with ‘experts’ and interested parties”
Immediately upon his return home Jonathan began to reduce the time spent sculpting, dedicating part of his studio to painting, and began to experiment with a variety of media on various surfaces before settling with acrylic on board.
Painting in the landscape whether it’s urban or rural consumes me now, it is direct, physical and exacting.
Lyme Regis is a favourite location, inspired by the dramatic changing light, and the working boats in the harbour, he gets up early to avoid the tourists, to paint around the harbour for a few hours. Then home for breakfast!
Working in a free, impressionistic style Jonathan has exhibited widely at international art fairs as well as selected exhibitions in the South West of England, including the Royal West of England Academy and the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath. In addition to his urban subjects and rural landscapes he has also received commissions for large murals from international retail company URBN.