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ABOVE Morning, Oak, Runnymede - Watercolour & acrylic on paper
  • LEFT Morning, River Thames nr.Marlow - Watercolour & acrylic on paper
  • MIDDLE Afternoon, Oak, Runnymede - Watercolour & acrylic on paper
  • RIGHT Evening, gulls - Ink & pencil on paper
  • LEFT Morning, River Thames nr. Marlow - Watercolour & Acrylic on paper - SOLD

Jonathan Pitts

My work explores the visual rhythm inherent in the natural world. I take inspiration from the land; and from this I make my landscapes. I make many location sketches, and take many photographs. These are my first responses.

Back in the studio I like to compose paintings from my memory of a place, this allows me to focus on the essential elements and is my pathway to inspiration. Often I find that the memory of making a sketch on location stays with me and I can recall it later on to make new sketches back in the studio.

I habitually make quick sketches before I paint to warm up, I think of painting in terms of a performance. I rehearse and memorize general shapes and colours. I paint with the canvas or paper on the ground and stand above my painting. This allows me to paint from the shoulder. It feels very physical and allows me to work at once on the whole composition


2013  Autumn Exhibition, The Stour Gallery, Shipston-on-Stour,

2013  Threadneedle Prize, work pre-selected,RWS Contemporary Watercolour Competition, Bankside Gallery, London.

2012 Summer Show, Edgar Modern, Bath, Summer Group Show 2012, Fountain Fine Art, Llandeilo.

2012 Anne Kerr and Jonathan Pitts, Pure Art, Milford Haven, RWS Contemporary Watercolour Exhibition, Bankside Gallery, London.

2011  Christmas Show, Pure Art, Milford Haven, Sunday Times Watercolour Competition tour (2nd prize winner),
Smith & Williamson offices, London, Bristol, Guildford.

2011  Watercolour Show, Pure Art, Milford Haven,Sunday Times Watercolour Competition (2nd prize winner),
The Mall Galleries, London. Exhibition tours UK.

2010  158th Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol,Trees, Woods, Land & Sea, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville.

2009  Winter Wonders, Obsidian Art, Stoke Mandeville,

2009  Friends Exhibition, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists,  Birmingham, Open ‘Prize’ Exhibition,  Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.

2009  Hertford Art Society, 57th Annual Open Exhibition, Cowbridge Halls, Hertford, Open all Media, Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham.

2008  (Solo exhibition) Beside the Avon, Number 8, Pershore,

2007  (Solo exhibition) In and Around the Town, Oxford University Press, Oxford,Innate Ability 3, Number 8, Pershore.

2006  New (ad)venture2, Vitreous Contemporary Arts, Truro,

2004 Sail Loft Artists, Sail Loft Studios, St. Ives.

2003  The Drawing Show, Falmouth Arts Centre.

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