Jonathan Freemantle 
Born: 1978 Cape Town, South Africa.

Lives and works: Edinburgh, Scotland.

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, which continues to inform his rigorous approach to painting and art practice.

Founded on encyclopaedic and intimate understanding of painting and art history, Freemantle’s work explores the intricate relationship between his body, time and the earth as materials and as inspiration. Spanning egg tempera, mountain rocks and ochre in his paintings, he situates the body as an organic presence at one with the landscape, at the same time as integrating the landscape physically in the human act of painting. In an age damned as Anthropocene, In his passionate and viscerally undeniable canvases, Freemantle consciously and resolutely makes the case for redemption and forgiveness of the human and as a male of the man, on the planet.

Freemantle, has been exhibiting internationally since 2007, with group and solo exhibitions in London, Cape Town, Amsterdam, Johannesburg and Edinburgh, including a major commission by The Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg.

In addition to an expansive studio practice, Freemantle has been working as an educator, setting up in 2002 the painting department of The Art Academy in London, writing ‘Anatomy made simple for Artists’ published by Arcturus (UK) in 2004. He has also curated numerous exhibitions in the context of Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, which he co-founded in 2012, as well as co-director of Hazard Gallery, he co-founded and ran in Johannesburg 2015-2019.

Having returned to Edinburgh in 2019, Freemantle has focused on full time studio practice.

His work is represented in collections worldwide including SAB Miller, Nirox Foundation and the private collection of HRH the Prince of Wales. 

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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2020
Breathing Space
Solo exhibition
LTD Ink Corporation, Edinburgh 

2018
THE OLDEST MOUNTAIN
Solo exhibition
Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg

2016
DER HEILIGE BERG II
Solo exhibition
Gallery MOMO, Johannesburg

2015
DER HEILIGE BERG II
Solo exhibition
Gallery MOMO, Cape Town
Africa Future Now
Group exhibition, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
FIFTEEN MMXV
Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg
Load Shedding
Commune. 1 Gallery, Cape Town
Winter Sculpture Fair 2015
Nirox Sculpture Park

2014
Nirox Foundation, Cradle of Humankind (Maropeng)
2-Month Residency
Scintilla
Commune.1 Gallery, Cape Town
Exact Imagination - 300 years of botanically inspired art in South Africa'
Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
'Play'
Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng
'Absolute Reflection'
Collaboration with Rodan Kane Hart.
Museum of African Design, Johannesburg
'This is Happening Now'
Gayfield Creative, Edinburgh International Fashion Festival

2013
DER HEILIGE BERG
Solo show, Summerhall, Edinburgh

2012
'Collective Dreaming'
Freemantle + Bolhuis, Summerhall, Edinburgh

2011
‘We Have Invented Nothing’
Solo Show, PUNT WG. Amsterdam
#GR5-RMX
Annuale 2011, group show at Studio128, Edinburgh

2010
DIVINA PROPORTIONE
Solo Show, Old Ambulance Depot, Edinburgh

Selected others:
‘The Aspect Prize finalists exhibition’, The Paisley Institute, Paisley
‘RSA Annual Exhibition’, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh
‘A Truth in Black & White at the Alliance Française’, Alliance Française, Cape Town
‘New Painting’, Joao Ferreira Gallery, Cape Town
‘A Truth in Black & White’, Solan Studios, Cape Town
‘A Truth in Black & White’, The Warehouse (Lyon & Turnbull, Edinburgh)
2007 ‘immigration|migration’
Solo show in Edinburgh of new work completed while resident at Xpositron studios, Amsterdam.
‘The Stillness Collection’, Solo show at Stillness Manor, Cape Town
FineArtCircle, Old Truman Brewery, London E1
Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Mall Galleries, London

CURATORIAL PROJECTS | Edinburgh International Fashion Festival
'AFRICA FUTURE NOW', 2015
'This Is Happening Now', 2014
'Syn/Aesthesia', 2012
'Pam Hogg, Far From The Madding Crowd', 2012
'Dis/Ambiguation', 2011
Studio
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Comely Bank Road
Edinburgh, EH4 1EJ
+44 (0)7305764212
jonathan@jonathanfreemantle.com

Next Exhibition
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Unknown Pleasures
8 Sept - 30 Oct 2021
Callejon de Jorge Juan
Madrid
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