Jonathan Farningham was born in Aberdeen in 1992 and grew up in Harlow, Essex. He studied Fine Art at Birmingham City University and received a 1st class honours degree in 2013. He completed a two year Portrait Painting Diploma at Heatherley’s School of Fine art in 2018.
"My work concerns viewing the world around me and remodelling it with oil paint. I am compelled by the power of portraits and I hope to present not only outward appearances but a true observation of an individual. My way of seeing is to respond to colour and tone and analyse the roles they play in what I observe and I believe in utilising a simple palette, because what we see is a dappled set of nuances based on the simplest of colours. My intention is to always paint without prejudice, as if seeing for the first time."