Jonathan S Hooper b. 1962


Jonathan S Hooper grew up in Cornwall surrounded by the influences and atmosphere of the coastal landscape. His father was a gliding companion of Peter Lanyon, whom Hooper cites as being particularly important to his development as a painter. Inspired by the topography of north Cornwall, Hooper cites Patrick Heron and Terry Frost as further influences on his practice. He currently works between his studios in London and Cornwall.


Hooper's paintings seek to convey the experience of being 'in' landscape, as opposed to the less active state of looking or observing. He is a landscape painter who largely rejects representational depiction in favour of abstraction, all allowing the memory of a place, its colours and atmospheric beauty, to take centre stage in his work.


Recent solo exhibitions include Pentire Farm House, Cornwall, in association with the National Trust (2016); Hay Studio, Cornwall (2017); and The Rock Institute, Rock (2019). He has exhibited widely throughout the UK and Asia, with his paintings in private collections in England, Ireland, New York, Cape Town and Japan.