Jonathan Shekon Chan
Kayoon was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1997. She studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and painting at Siena Art Institute before returning to England to specialise in portraiture at Heatherley School of Art. She currently works as a figurative painter in Belsize Park, London. She looks to Italian and Korean art as influences in her painting practice.
I had the pleasure of visiting the studio of Jonathan Shekon Chan in Islington. We had interesting conversations about paintings; architecture, and curatorial process.
Jonathan is a London-based painter, born in Birmingham, of Hong Kong Chinese heritage. His main preoccupation is the portrayal of people - striving to capture the essence of a character through close observation of the person, as well as the deep study of form and structure.
Also, a practicing architect, Jonathan's daily thought and conversation concerning light, space, and materials in an architectural context inform and enriches his painting practice.
He is a member of the Contemporary British Portrait Painters and exhibits regularly in London and across the UK.