Jonathan Freemantle was born in Cape Town (1978) and lives and works out of Johannesburg, South Africa. 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.
Jonathan has since been involved in a number of projects. He has held solo exhibitions worldwide (London, Cape Town, Amsterdam & Edinburgh). In 2002 he set up and directed the painting department of The Art Academy in London. His work has been featured in a variety of publications in Europe, South Africa and in the UK. He wrote and illustrated a book, ‘Anatomy made simple for Artists’ published by Arcturus (UK) in 2004. His work is represented in collections worldwide including SAB Miller and the private collection of HRH the Prince of Wales.
Jonathan is also Creative Director of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival. Launched to much acclaim in August 2012 and now entering it’s fourth year. He runs the festival with his wife, Anna (Director). For the EIFF Jonathan has curated numerous exhibitions, working with the likes of Juergen Teller, Rankin, Pam Hogg, Hussein Chalayan, Ryan McGinley, Amanda Harlech, Sissel Toolas, Conrad Botes and Helena Christensen amongst others.
In March 2015 Freemantle co-founded HAZARD gallery alongside co-director, Daniel Liebmann in Johannesburg’s Maboneng District. HAZARD is a contemporary art, fashion and lifestyle space that encompasses an art gallery and vibrant urban cultural hub.