South African born Edinburgh based multidisciplinary artist Jonathan Freemantle has created a series of ink, graphite and oil stick on paper works.
Jonathan Freemantle was born in Cape Town in 1978. At 17, he was selected as one of the five students from around the world to study at St Oswald’s Academy in London, an intensive 5 year traditional training/ apprenticeship in drawing, painting and sculpture and geometry.
Jonathan has since been involved in a number of projects. He has held solo exhibitions worldwide (London, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Johannesburg & Edinburgh) including a major commission by The Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg. In 2002 he set up and directed the painting department of The Art Academy in London. His work has been featured in a variety of publications worldwide, including Wallpaper* Magazine, W Magazine and Monocle. He wrote and illustrated a book, ‘Anatomy made simple for Artists’ published by Arcturus (UK) in 2004. His work is represented in collections worldwide including SAB Miller and the private collection of HRH the Prince of Wales.
Jonathan is also co-founder of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Launched to much acclaim in August 2012. For the EIFF Jonathan has curated numerous exhibitions, working with the likes of Juergen Teller, Rankin, Pam Hogg, Hussein Chalayan, Ryan McGinley, Amanda Harlech, Sissel Toolas and Helena Christensen amongst others.
In March 2015 Freemantle co-founded HAZARD Gallery alongside co-director, Daniel Liebmann in Johannesburg's Maboneng District. HAZARD redeveloped the historical ‘Cosmopolitan Hotel’, also in Maboneng which was home to the gallery from 2016 - 2018.
During his time in Johannesburg his work was widely exhibited, including three solo exhibitions with Gallery MOMO in Cape Town and Johannesburg. He also completed two residencies at The Nirox Foundation in the Cradle of Humankind. He has since returned to Scotland where he has been producing new work in his Edinburgh studio.