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Brought up in Wiltshire, Jonathan Tetley went on to attend Bryanston School before starting a foundation course at Winchester School of Art in 1969. After going on to study illustration and graphic design at Bristol Polytechnic, including printmaking under David Inshaw, Jonathan left art school in 1973 and worked as an illustrator and graphic designer for MediCine Ltd. in London until 1975. After a year of printmaking at The Banana Warehouse, Wapping, he worked as a typographer and illustrator for The Compton Press. After a period working freelance and making a start with portraiture, he started painting in watercolour and studied life drawing with Michael Charlton at St. Edmund’s Arts Centre in Salisbury, and at Bath University with students of Cecil Collins. Between 1994 and 1997, he studied portrait drawing and painting at Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence and since then has been accepting commissions, exhibiting and also going back to teach at Charles H. Cecil Studios.
Birth date   1952
Education   Winchester School of Art  
Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design under David Inshaw  
St. Edmund’s Arts Centre  
Bath University  
Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence
Group Exhibitions   2007 - Artcare, Salisbury, mixed exhibition  
2007 - New Grafton Gallery mixed exhibition  
2005 - Leadenhall Summer exhibition, Salisbury  
2005 - New Grafton two-man exhibition  
2003 - Cricket Fine Art, mixed exhibition  
2003 - Avebury, mixed exhibition  
2003 - Salisbury Playhouse, mixed exhibition  
2001 - Paul Mitchell Gallery, Bond Street, London, mixed exhibition  
2001 - Cricket Fine Art, mixed exhibition  
2001 - Artcare, Salisbury, mixed exhibition  
2000 - Salisbury Playhouse, mixed exhibition
Solo Exhibitions   2004 - Wren Hall, Salisbury, solo exhibition  
2001 - Guggleton Arts Project, Dorset, solo exhibition  
2000 - 54 The Gallery, Shepherd’s Market, London, solo exhibition  
1998 - Private House Exhibition, London  
1997 - Landscape Paintings
Artist's Statement   In portrait painting, I favour a naturalistic approach to the figurative as much as possible. Apart from achieving the sitter's overall and obvious appearance I endeavour to incorporate as much of the sitter's personality, character and temperament as possible; my objective being that the beholder viewing the final work not only sees a good likeness but has a real feeling for the person portrayed.

Statement      “Usually, I spend time with the sitter and work out a suitable pose with them. Sometimes this has to be changed to get the sitter 'in character'. I’ll take some photos for reference and later comparison and start on the ‘laying in’, either then or at the next sitting. Then I like several sessions of sittings, two or three days each (short bursts for children with plenty of breaks) depending on the stamina of the subject. In between these sessions, I take the picture home, study it, and make compositional changes and so on. I’m happy to discuss the painting with the sitter as we go along and I’m always confident that I will be able present them with a picture they’ll be happy with. There can be sittings in people’s houses or in my studio in Salisbury, or studio space in London can be arranged if neither of these options is possible. Framing can be discussed after the picture is finished (costs are not included in the portrait price), and I would include a later visit to varnish the picture if it’s oil.”


Travel nationally    Yes
Travel internationally    Yes
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Portrait Format:
  Drawings   From £ 1000    $1500
  Head and Shoulders   From £ 1500    $2000
Half LengthFrom £ 4000 $6000
3/4 LengthFrom £ 4500 $6500
Full LengthFrom £ 5500 $8000
Double PortraitFrom £ 5000 $7500
Group PortraitFrom £ 6000 $9000
BuildingsFrom £ 1500 $2000
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(in the case of sculpture).
For other media, prices may vary, please enquire directly with us for more specific quotes.
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