Johnny Jonas - Biography & Exhibitions by 4fItVny5


									Johnny Jonas - Biography & Exhibitions
After a career in Aviation Insurance at Lloyds of London to finance his planned studies in
art, he won a place at the Fine Arts Academy in Florence, Italy, in 1972 and carried on
these studies at the Fine Arts Academy in Perugia where he continued to live for some
years on the shores of Lake Trasimeno.
In 1979 he moved north to Grimaldi, a small medieval village on the Italian frontier
overlooking the French Riviera and Monte Carlo.
Here he began the series of paintings which have become the hallmark of his work, of
people going about their everyday life, in street cafes and market squares, in and around
Monte Carlo, of the orchestra and opera rehearsals, the circus, casino, jazz and cabaret,
exhibiting work regularly in galleries there and along the coast in Cannes.
Returning to England permanently in 1985, a chance invitation to the races inspired a
new series which became known as The British Sporting Year; of people at Ascot,
Henley, Polo matches, of Cricket, Golf, Rugger – and even Jousting at Hever Castle –
continuing his fascination with the urgency and action of the sport as much as with the
punters, the bookies, the randomness of people enjoying themselves, fulfilling his role as
contemporary artist and social commentator.
The power of his image is extraordinary, the many paintings and images selected by
publishers have sold over two million greetings cards and appeared five times on the
cover of Readers Digest.
During this time opportunities to travel on the continent extended the range of subjects
and moods of landscape, fitting in as well the increasing demand for commissioned work
– portraits of personalities, huge military campaigns for the Royal Artillery, Royal
Engineers and Royal Logistics Corps, the assembly of the main drill for Eurotunnel, the
twelve international images for the 1990 Group calendar for Virgin Atlantic and more
recently the official portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother.He also
took part in a video production now on general release – “A Brush With Sewell” –
painting one of the three portraits of Brian Sewell, with portrait painters John Ward and
Michael Reynolds
1980 Palais de l’Europe, Menton, France
1981 Gallerie Dudin, Menton, France
1982 Carlton Gallerie, Cannes, France
1983 George Renwick Gallery, Monte Carlo
1984 George Renwick Gallery, Monte Carlo
1985 Centre des Congres, Monte Carlo
1986 Oliver Swann Galleries, London
1987, 1988, 1989, 1990 Cider House Galleries, Bletchingley, England
1991 Century Gallery, Fulham, London
1992 Osborne Studio Gallery, St James’s, London
1993-1997 Working on commissions from the Military, Polo and the racing world of
horses, trainers, jockeys and owners, of people in business and sports personalities, rare
vintage cars and even a champion racing pigeon . . .
1997 Video production painting a portrait of Brian Sewell – “A Brush With Sewell”
1998 The Osborne Studio Gallery, London
1999 Campbell’s of Walton Street, London
2000 Official Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, The Queen Mother, to celebrate
her hundredth year.

Johnny Jonas is married to abstract painter Kathy Ramsay Carr

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