Born in the heart of Cornwall contemporary artist Jon Tremaine has been inspired by Cornwall’s natural beauty and in particular the wealth of wildlife that resides in the county. His unique escapism style of Pen and Ink illustration captures the beauty of animal and plant life in the most amazing way.
Capturing the essence and spirit of the subject is my overriding consideration and challenge when painting wildlife. Sometimes it is in illustrative details other times it will be in heavy impasto and when out sketching watercolour and ink is the preferred choice. I sketch on my tablet and even create sculptures if I feel that better represents the subject in front of me or within.
He was born in Yorkshire and spent his early years at school in Hanover and Rome. In 1921 he studied at the Royal Institute of Fine Arts in Rome, where he was awarded the title of Professor of architectural design in 1924. After travelling Italy and Egypt he returned to England in 1925.
My painting is an expression of my love of the land here in West Penwith, a connection with the beauty and power of the landscape. The paintings are in oil paint on board or canvas, and are realistic & representational landscapes of West Cornwall, but not in an entirely photographic way; they are hyper-real, or more than real.
I have always had a keen interest in the arts, taking A levels in graphic design, photography and fine art, then continuing with a one year foundation course in art which confirmed that painting is my passion. The last part of my formal art education was undertaking a BA Hons Degree in Scientific and Natural History Illustration at Lancaster University.
At the age of 13 Griff won a scholarship to Wakefield School of Arts & Crafts using the same handheld instruments to make marks and the same pigments ground to make paint as had been used for centuries. This was the foundation for his work in the years to come.