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Artists Studio Sale -  Jon Woolfenden’s Vibrant Art

Connoisseurs of British Art might already be aware of talented painter Jon Woolfenden whose large oil painting exhibited in the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts sold within 20 minutes at the private viewing. Woolfenden’s subjects are often industrial; Shipping tankers, merchant vessels, chains, tyres and even an abandoned safety glove, but his use of colour imbues each scene with an electrical liveliness.

Inspired by dockyard life on the South Coast and his travels, Woolfenden’s paintings bring a dynamic, contemporary atmosphere to homes or offices alike, a devotee of the ‘Kitchen Sink’ style, his art features in many public collections, such as the Museum of Labour History. Jon’s paintings are reminiscent of John Bratby’s work with thick layers of paint applied to the canvas but the comparison belies the intensity of Jon’s art, unlike Bratby who could knock out a canvas in an hour or so, Jon applies layer after layer over days of intense work, using brush, knife and even hands, the canvases engulf the senses with rust , diesel , the sea, you can hear the clank of the chains and the cries of the seagulls and smell the brine in the air.

At Hilditch we’ve livened up our reception and meeting rooms with Woolfenden’s eye-catching artwork and, as big fans of the artist, we’ve agreed to hold an online auction of his paintings next month. Keep an eye on our website and take advantage of this unique opportunity to invest in stunning pieces by a contemporary British artist. 

Better still take a trip down to sunny Salcombe  visit Jon’s studio and meet the artist himself, no mere photograph can do his paintings justice.

Jonathan Woolfenden