Look Again - Jon Tremaine, Cornish wildlife artist, talks to Cornwall Life about his work
PUBLISHED: 12:25 18 August 2010 | UPDATED: 16:06 20 February 2013
In this July issue, Cornwall Life meets talented pen and ink wildlife artist Jon Tremaine
Jon Tremaine, Cornish wildlife artist, talks to Cornwall Life about his intricate pen and ink wildlife drawings
Cornish-born artist Jon Tremaine has an indivdual way of creating contemporary wildlife art using pen and ink. His Isograph pen, charged with Indian ink and a fine nib, allows incredible detail to be drawn.
The style of Jon's drawing is self-taught. At the age of 16 he produced two pictures, similar to the style you see in the illustrations printed here. They were presented to what was then the Gluvian Gallery in Truro and both were sold within two weeks. Thirteen years later, Jon began to create another wildlife drawing of a grey heron on the banks of the River Fal. However, he didn't complete this picture until it received commendations from art lecturers at Truro College.
This was in 2006, when a colleague of Jon's took it upon himself to show the drawing of the heron's head and commented that it was 'illustration as never seen before'. Today, this drawing is Tremaine Art's (Jon's gallery) trademark and was the reincarnation of his unforgotten talent for fine art.
Jon is extremely analytical when it comes to his craft. This is his fundamental approach to the drawings, along with the excitement and challenge of the creation of his subject matter. Jon says: "Drawing for me is a time of relaxation, it holds excitement, along with the realisation of the pleasure it will give to others." The choice of wildife species is his own and influenced by his love for animals, which he feels make ideal subjects for his art.
The concept of pictures within pictures was inspired by Jon's late brother, David. He had drawn a tree, which contained interlinking abstract images. Jon developed this concept a step further by introducing wild animals and fauna that you can see in his art today. He is shown below at his drawing board creating a Cornish seal, a canvas for a myriad of sealife. The outline is loosely drawn in pencil to create a structure to work within. Sections of its profile lend themselves to the habitat of other creatures. For example, the dark area of the seal's belly is home to the ballan wrasse, searching for food in the depths of the ocean, in contrast to the neck of the seal, which could portray an image of lightness, home to a rock covered in powder-white barnacles.
He has his own studio at his home, exhibits in local galleries and produces original artwork and limited-edition prints. These are printed by Monkey Puzzle Repro Art in Porthtowan. Jon's future plans are set to bring a variety of creative drawings and techniques to expand his portfolio. His contribution to animal conservation and raising awareness of endangered British wildlife is confirmation that the species in his drawings remain populated.
For further information 07966 406474, www.tremaineart.co.uk