Jonathan Tetley was brought up in Wiltshire, attending Bryanston School before starting a foundation course at Winchester School of Art. After going on to the illustration course at Bristol Polytechnic Faculty of Art and Design, he worked as an illustrator and graphic designer before helping to set up a textiles conservation studio with a specialization in carpets. An interest in portraiture led to studying portrait drawing and painting at Charles H. Cecil Studios, Florence. From that time, he has been accepting commissions, exhibiting and also teaching.
I am interested in the etchings of Anthony Gross, in which he develops a language of texture, but also, clearly, painters such as Rubens and Van Dyck and of course Velasquez, who developed the “optical” approach to a high point in art. I am also interested in the painters and muralists of the twentieth century in England; fantastic draughstmen such as Frank Brangwyn and the painters on the fringes of surrealism such as my own great-grandfather, Algernon Newton.