Jonathan Speed

Jonathan Speed

London, United Kingdom

About Jonathan Speed

Jonathan is a self-taught artist, specialising in contemporary landscapes and seascapes. His work is inspired by the beauty of the natural environment and provides a unique interpretation of the dynamic relationship between earth, water and sky. His ability to capture the essence and drama of these elements, in particular, their reaction to light, captivates the observer.

Working in oil, he produces paintings full of atmosphere and a projection of vast open space. His work features landscapes set at dusk with the setting sun and brooding shadows of mountains as well as energetic seascapes of cresting waves.

Jonathan excels at capturing the moment, a skill he developed from his passion for photography. He travels as often as he can to revel in unspoilt, open landscapes to gain inspiration for his work. Jonathan has a particular passion for depicting the genteel English countryside as well as the raw, untamed wilderness of the Scottish Highlands and the stunning Jurassic coast of Dorset.

Jonathan has been described as ‘a tour-de-force of controlled fine application of colour, vigorous expressionistic highlights and tonal blending’. His style is of the contemporary English tradition for highly worked canvases and draws inspiration from the works of past masters, such as Turner, Whistler and Courbet, with their skillful use of light and atmospheric qualities.

Exhibitions

Signet Contemporary Art
Chelsea
2015-2020

Stanmer House
Brighton
2018/2019

Kendalls Fine Art
Cowes
Isle of Wight
2018/2019/2020

'Forty by Forty'
GX Gallery
London
April/May 2018

Lloyd's Autumn Exhibition
Lloyd's of London
23-27 Sept 2017

Landscape Twenty17
May-Sept 2017
The Gherkin, London

GX Gallery
London
April-May 2017

The Other Art Fair
April 2017
Bloomsbury, London

Lacey Contemporary
Jul-Dec 2016
London

The Other Art Fair
Oct 2015
London

Signet Contemporary Art
July 2015
London

The Other Art Fair
April 2015
London

The Other Art Fair
Oct 2014
London

Darren Baker Gallery (Wychwood Art)
Sept 2014
London

The Untitled Art Fair
July 2014
London

The Other Art Fair
April 2014
London

Canary Wharf Window Galleries
Jan 2014

The Other Art Fair
Oct 2013
London

Art Marylebone
June 2013
London

The Other Art Fair
May 2013
London

The Other Art Fair
November 2012
London

Hill & Hill Gallery
May - Oct 2012
Sussex

Simon Desmond Fine Art
February 2012
Sussex