Jamie Condon is an artist living and working in Somerset, England. Born in Surrey, despite offers to study at both Kingston and Wimbledon Schools of Art, he rejected a formal art education and is entirely self taught.
He worked for many years in the NHS, but was always creating art in his spare time. It was his outlet, a lifeline from his challenging and stressful job. As time went on, his need to paint became greater and greater, so he decided to take a leap of faith and develop painting as a profession. A move from Surrey to the Somerset Levels helped him to become part of a very creative and supportive community.
He favours acrylics for their vivid colours and fast drying properties, layering paint with brushes and palette knives. He loves to move through styles of painting, one minute painting a realist portrait, the next an impressionistic piece. He likes playing with light in his work using high contrast shadows, depths of light and shade and highlighting the effects of light bleeding through objects.
His subject matter is many and varied, though nature and human figures often feature in his work. Recently he has been commissioned to develop a body of work related to musicians and their songs including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Nick Cave, Bowie and John Lennon. This way he can combine his two great passions: art and music.
Jamie has exhibited locally in Somerset, in Surrey and more recently with Syndicart at Hexham Arts Centre and York Castle. He will be exhibiting at John Leach Muchelney Pottery and Gallery in Somerset from November 2018 to Febuary 2019 and The Cheese and Grain at Frome at Easter 2019.