By using a range of cultural reference points such as vintage cars and distinctive architecture, Jeremy Sanders transports us to the streets of Cuba, where the blazing sunlight sharpens the shadows and intensifies the rich, bright colours. He works from a memory enriched by extensive travelling, and is inspired by the colours of the Tropics and of Cuba in particular. He is also influenced by American realism, especially Edward Hopper’s atmospheric urban landscapes of the 1940s.
Jeremy works solely in oils, as they allow him a broad, luxuriant application of paint and satisfy his desire to represent colour and light with accuracy. He uses fragments of credit cards, creating a tool with similar qualities to that of a palette knife. In addition to the broad, flat strokes however, they offer the detail that the point of the brush provides, with their sharp edges and pointed corners.
Born in South Wales in 1969, Jeremy studies at St Martin’s School of Art, graduated from the University of the West Country with a first class honours degree, and was a Prince’s Youth Business Trust gold medal winner. His work has featured widely on television programmes including Kay Mellor’s ‘Between the sheet and Julie Burchill’s drama ‘Sugar rush’. The fashion brand Fat Face have used his paintings for a world wide campaign, and he has completed commissions for NatWest Insurance, Saga Ruby, Tui Celebration and Cunard Queen Victoria cruise liners. The last of these was launched by HRH the Prince of Wales, who has personally acknowledged Jeremy’s mentoring work for the Prince’s Trust. “My paintings reflect a positive view of life, I hope that like a good
book, they have a narrative that to some degree you can get lost in.”