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Limited Edition Fine Art Prints Available Online
15th Sep 2010

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Original Paul Jonkers Artwork @ Gagliardi Gallery
15th Sep 2010

View Paul Jonkers originals at the Gagliardi Gallery on the Kings Road in London.

The gallery has become synonimous with quality and diversity as the gallery exhibits a comprehensive collection of sculpture and painting characterised by its variety, from traditional Tuscan landscapes, still-life studies and intricate portraits to the brazenly abstract and surreal.

You can visit the Gagliardi Gallery online here: www.gagliardi.co.uk


"After creating paintings of such detail on a smaller scale, Paul has begun to venture into the world of larger, more expressive painting that can express his personal revelations. Paul usually paints in oils using at times an almost miniaturist technique. He painstakingly creates visions of a parallel world, where humour is not far below the surface..."

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About The Artist

Paul Jonkers was born in 1951 in Amsterdam, the youngest of seven children to catholic parents. Paul grew up in the outskirts of Amsterdam, where the quiet streets and hidden pockets of wildlife provided him with a seemingly infinite wonderland. This environment, where buildings and glimpses of distant vistas seemed invested with a strange haunted atmosphere, may be seen interpreted throughout Jonkers’ work.

Paul started drawing while he was still young and by the age of 13 had discovered brushes and gouache, creating the landscapes that echo through much of his work over the years. Jonkers was recognized as a talented artist by a teacher at his school and encouraged to continue. Although Paul began studying academic subjects, including the classics, a year of illness cut that venture short. During this time Paul painted extensively, drawing upon his love of animals, wildlife and landscapes.

After briefly attending art schools in Amsterdam and The Hague, Paul aged 17 found his way to London and eventually to St Martins College of Art & Design.

Upon graduating, painting became a way of life when Jonkers moved to North Wales and the life of a smallholder. Practically living off the land, surrounded by numerous and various animals, an abundance of wildlife and a beautiful ever-changing view of the mountains, Paul was prolific in creating his art. Jonkers now lives in Hampshire, fulfills his passion for studying history and paints full time.

Jonkers’ work has evolved over the years, it’s content reflecting his preoccupations, his love of animals, mythology, the irrelevance of time and the re-interpretation of everyday objects, therefore transforming the ordinary to make the viewing audience see aspects of the world differently.

Paul usually paints in oils using at times an almost miniaturist technique and he painstakingly creates visions of a parallel world, where humour is not far below the surface. Many of Jonkers’ canvases are tiny at 5”x 5” and yet intensely rich in detail. He reveals that this must have come from his childhood when at school paper was scarce and they were given small pieces of paper to draw upon. Paul wanted to put entire worlds into the tiny space. Nowadays, although Jonkers canvases are becoming larger they are still rich in detail, symbolism and surrealist images ranging from the comical to the profound, from the rational to the absurd, at times profane, and from the ambiguous to the poetic.

Jonkers’ style has been described as a “new old master”, indeed he paints in oils with a delicate touch and a faultless technique. Paul admires many varied great artists like Rembrandt and is fascinated by the mix of fantasy and realism conveyed by contemporary visionaries like Bruegel and Bosch.

Jonkers has undertaken many commissioned paintings for private individuals and companies, including a Topiary series. The most memorable commission is a large scale triptych for the Portmeirion Hotel, Wales and the most recent for the Wessex Cancer Trust. He has participated in group exhibitions and sold work through the Portal Gallery, London and Beaux Arts, Bath. Several paintings have been reproduced as limited edition prints and cards.

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Biography

1951
Born in Amsterdam, Holland
Studied, lived and worked in UK since 1970

1963 – 1973
St Vitus College, Bussum, Holland
Gerrit Rietveld Academy of Arts, Amsterdam
St Martins College of Art & Design, London

Group Exhibitions
1984
Portal Gallery, London ‘After The Flood’

1984
Beaux Arts

Portal Gallery
1984
‘After The Flood’

1986
‘6 O’clock’

1988
‘Jericho’

1989
‘C’

1990
‘Proverbs’
‘The Lion and The Lamb’

Commissions
1981
‘Formally St. Christopher’

1984
‘Aesop’s Fables’

1985
‘Nativity’

1987
‘Noah’s Ark’
‘Agatha Christie No. 1’
‘Triptych Landscape’, Portmeirion Hotel (Wales)

1988
‘Welsh Landscape’

1989
‘C’, Christmas Show

1990
‘Proverbs’, Portal Gallery

1992
‘Faust’

1992
‘Dog’

1993
‘Topiary’, 6 paintings in series

1996
‘Farmer No. 1’

2006
‘Daisies’, Wessex Cancer Trust

Paul Jonkers’ paintings are a surreal blend of colour, reoccurring iconography, personal revelations and honesty about the reality of life itself.

“Art is an extension of who I am”

“After creating paintings of such detail on a smaller scale, I have begun to venture into the world of larger, more expressive painting that can express my personal revelations”

“I have been described as a new old master”

“Art is something of importance to me because it gives me a reason to exist”

“My inspiration comes from my own personal experiences”

“I admire the great painters like Peter Breugel, Rembrandt and Bosch because they are competent and honest”

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Contact Paul

Please send all comments and inquiries to

Email: info@pauljonkers.com
Telephone: 0044 (0)1590 688 840.

We will get back to you as soon as we can. Thank you!

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