ANY QUESTIONS?
FEEL FREE TO CALL US
1-800-570-6740
         
 

JONATHAN PURDAY | NEW PAINTINGS

August 22nd 2014
Jonathan Purday creates colourful cinematic scenes drawn from personal experiences. Angie talks about four new works below.

When I first became aware of Jonathan Purday’s work, probably around 12 or 13 years ago now, the subject matter he chose to recreate in his paintings was very different to that of the works he’s producing today. Relying very much on observation and his immediate surroundings, Jonathan paints his recent personal experiences, usually from memory.

Back in the early 2000s, his work was inspired by urban life and more surreal in terms of concept. Alongside commissioned album cover artwork for British band Gomez - Purday paintings grace the covers of their 2002 album ‘In Our Gun’ and the single ‘Shot Shot’ - scenes of car parks and London streets were not uncommon in his personal work. Instead of working with the muted colour palette that’s often used in city scenes however, Purday would always use vibrant hues, often of pinks, purples and blues, to illustrate his memories of a place and this use of bright uplifting colour has stuck with him throughout his career, and is still displayed in current works.

Purday’s move to rural Portugal in 2010 is apparent in paintings he made around that time. More than merely depictions of scenes he was surrounded by, these works seek to address the rugged and untamed charm of the wilderness. Always having been intrigued by film, some of these works were very cinematic, such as ‘Homage to Red Squirrel’ which was made in response to a film of the same name. This merging of ideas taken from everyday life and those of fiction from the movies sees Purday blurring the lines between reality and the imagined. Three of the recent paintings we’re presenting today see the artist continue to paint his immediate surroundings as he depicts scenes from a trip to Wales and views of the Iron Age hill fort of Garn Fadryn and the neighbouring countryside.

In my favourite of the new paintings, Anomaly, Purday references previous paintings such as the mighty Green Healing and the already mentioned ‘Homage to Red Squirrel’ as well as its sequel, Homage to Red Squirrel III - which was used on the cover of Nathan Filer’s award-winning 2013 novel ‘The Shock of The Fall’ - by taking the viewpoint of looking upwards from the base of a tall tree. Exquisitely painted in Purday’s signature style, this piece demonstrates strength and beauty, despite its title suggesting imperfection. The tree is a lone pine situated in a meadow in Sidcup, Kent, and a place Purday used to hang out when he was a teenager. He said of the piece “I gave it a background of just sky to enhance the sense of placelessness but also as an abstracting device, not dissimilar from the way artists Alessandro Raho and Wilhelm Sasnal use backgrounds. I feel this gives the tree a timeless, totemic quality.”

The most dominant element of this piece is its composition, which forces us to feel small as we gaze up towards the highest branches. I find this quite pleasing, inspiring and optimistic; a metaphor perhaps for life and everything it may have in store for us.

See more work by Jonathan Purday on Eyestorm here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
JONATHAN PURDAY
 
RECENT NEWS ARTICLES
April 4th 2015
Jacky Tsai’s two brand new limited edition screenprints Save Empress Wu and War War War gained a fantastic response at recent art fairs in London and New York.
November 24th 2017
LA-based Russian artist and photographer, Tatiana Gerusova, has taken the fashion world by storm since her first professional shoot in 2012 with her pin-up style portraits which are fun, energetic and outwardly sensual. A permeating air of va-va-voom, femme fatale poses and vivacious displays of female prowess are the recurring themes in her work and she has had her photographs published widely in fashion magazines, as well as shown in fine art galleries across the United States.
PRINT EDITION RELEASE
by Angie Davey
INVESTING IN ART
by Carys Lake-edwards
September 20th 2015
Primarily a painter, Jonathan Purday explores the medium of screenprinting for the first time to present his two brand new editions ‘Meditation in Red’ and ‘Canopy Memories’.
$ 855.00
$ 790.00
DO YOU HAVE A DAMIEN HIRST TO SELL?
Valium
With two major exhibitions during the Venice Biennale, 2017 has been a year which has increased the awareness of Damien Hirst. With Hirst still actively releasing new print editions, many collectors focus on his earlier work from 2000 and before, such as Valium, Lysergic Acid Diethylamide (LSD), Opium, Beautiful, Galactic, Exploding Screenprint (Spin) and Painting-by-Numbers.

If you have one of the above prints that you are potentially interested in selling, please do get in touch with us via the Contact page, which you can find here.
 
SELECTED BY
 
READ MORE
 
 
 
   
   
 
X | CLOSE
OUR NEWSLETTER
Sign up to our newsletter and receive our weekly news about the artworld
#Repost michellegersoninteriors ・・・ Living room. Design by michellegersoninteriors . . We at… https://t.co/Clb45OUxbk
#Repost michellegersoninteriors Living room. Design by michellegersoninteriors . We at Eyestorm… https://t.co/D6kfMkiydi
CUSTOMER SUPPORT
Mon-Fri: 4.30am-1:00pm [EST]
US
United States
1-800-570-6740
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6:00pm [GMT]
US
Europe
+44 (0)20 3397 3676
Mon-Fri: 9.30am-6:00pm [GMT]
US
Rest of the World
+44 20 3397 3676
 
 
SHARE
SHIPPING TO COUNTRY
United States
 
PAYMENT METHODS
 

CONTEMPORARY ART IN YOUR LIFE

(c) 1999-2017 Eyestorm Artica Worldwide Ltd.

The artworld delivered to your inbox