Jonathan Freemantle

Jonathan Freemantle (b. 1978, South Africa) explores the intricate relationship between his body, time and the earth. His painting is composed through alchemic processes: ochre and mountain rock are ground and mixed with paint, creating organic landscapes that maintain the connection between subject and material. This is a painting process that sees a confluence of Freemantle’s own time with that of the earth’s, a paradox through which the artist engages with the essence of this ancient place in our fleeting presence.


Jonathan Freemantle was born in Cape Town in 1978. 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 in London, Cape Town, Johannesburg and 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, and represented in collections worldwide including SAB Miller and the private collection of HRH the Prince of Wales.


Jonathan is also co-founder of the Edinburgh International Fashion Festival, launched to much acclaim in August 2012. 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 and Helena Christensen, among others.


In March 2015, Freemantle co-founded HAZARD gallery alongside co-director, Daniel Liebmann in Johannesburg’s Maboneng District.


Jonathan Freemantle: THE OLDEST MOUNTAIN
Gallery MOMO Johannesburg
8 February – 17 March 2018


Brush Strokes & Fine Lines
Gallery MOMO Johannesburg
31 January – 8 March 2019


Jonathan Freemantle: DER HEILIGE BERG II
Gallery MOMO Johannesburg
3 March – 18 April 2016


Jonathan Freemantle: DER HEILIGE BERG II
Gallery MOMO Cape Town
3 December 2015 – 23 January 2016