Jonathan Schofield was born near Manchester and now lives and works in London. He studied Fine Art at The Royal College of Art under Peter Doig in 1996. His work has been exhibited at the Royal Academy and he is part of their permanent collection. Jonathan has since fused his interest for art and fashion, working as creative director for Stella McCartney and Paul Smith and now running his own art direction agency, whilst continuing to paint from his studio in Hackney. His whimsical yet expressive paintings are drawn from memory; inspired by dreams and a variety of cross-referential imagery archived in his mind.
In the present Palm series, Jonathan has skilfully captured the essence of a palm tree whilst using economy of line and a hallucinatory palette. The traces of line and colour that flicker underneath the surface have the familiar yet ghostly quality of a dream, during which our understanding of place and time is vivid, yet the imagery is often ever-changing and less tangible. Similarly, On the Beach portrays two figures shrouded in darkness which obscures their features, recalling the inability to remember the faces that had seemed so familiar to us at the time of dreaming, yet vanish so quickly once awake.