Jonathan Farningham is an artist specialising in figure and portrait commissions based in the South East. He graduated with a First Class Honours in Fine Art and subsequently was awarded a full scholarship to study Portraiture Painting at Heatherley’s School of Fine art. He is a regular exhibitor in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the New English Art Club and the Scottish Portrait Awards.

Jonathan Farningham painting a portrait in his studio
by Zute Lightfoot

Artist Statement

My work explores relationships between colour and tone and how to personify my subject on canvas. I try to capture both the external and internal matter of the people in front of me and I believe that the space which surrounds the figure is equally as important as the figure itself. When painting I try to see beyond my own perceptions and confront the subject as if seeing for the first time. My goal is to paint what light reveals.


2016 – 2018 Portrait Diploma, Heatherley’s School of Fine Art

2010 – 2013 1st Class Honours Fine Art, Birmingham City University

Portrait (commissions) that are painted with feeling are portraits of the artist, not of the sitter. 
-Oscar Wilde

Go to exhibitions to view an up-to-date list of online exhibitions of Jonathan’s work.