Artwork for Jonathan Heale
Designs for Flora Indica plates
Egg leaf feather
Fox at night
Egg leaf feather
My work is largely printmaking. I edition woodcuts. The subjects are mostly pastoral, reflecting where I live and work.
I also paint in watercolour as well as decorating English bone china in on-glaze enamels.
Being an artist has been my life since 1969. It is all I have ever known.
I am an artist who works in various mediums.
I work solely in my studio in Aymestrey Herefordshire.
Jonathan Heale trained at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. He spent two years in California in the early seventies, where he was assistant Art Director at the Los Angeles Times Newspaper.
In 1975 he moved to mid Wales to live on a farm. In 1978 he produced his first edition of Woodcuts, entitled "An Alphabet" depicting rural subjects.
which was first exhibited at the Davies memorial Gallery in Newtown. The Welsh Arts Council purchased a folio edition for the national collection, as did Birmingham Museum and Art gallery. Since 1985 he has illustrated a number of children's books, some notably with woodcuts. The first being Adrian Mitchells re-telling of the Ugly Duckling, followed by the Steadfast Tin Soldier.
In 1997 he illustrated William Mayne's Lady Muck which won them both the Kurt Maschler Award and in the same year it was voted by the New York Times "best illustrated children's book".
From 1995, he was enrolled by the Prince of Wales to paint a collection of plates depicting the gardens at Highgrove, this work continued for some years.
The Prince observed "Nothing could be more "everyday" than a plate, yet in Jonathan's hands this collection binds our hearts to the perfection of Nature's treasures"
On seeing the woodcuts in Lady Muck, the Prince of Wales commissioned Jonathan to produce a series of woodcuts depicting his Rare Breed farm animals at the Home Farm Highgrove. These were exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art at Machynlleth Wales and hang in the Prince's personal collection.
Although Jonathans work on Fine bone English china is done mainly to commission, he has exhibited his work at various venues including, The Air Gallery in Dover street London, Indar Pasricha Fine Arts in Connaught Street London, the Chelsea Arts Club London and many mixed exhibitions in Shropshire and and Herefordshire.