Jon Doran


I am interested in taking classical subjects of still life, portraiture and figures in landscape and rearticulating them through a digitally influenced and fragmented approach to painting.

Maurice Denis spoke of 'before a painting is a war horse, or a nude, it is first simply an arrangement of colour, lines and shapes.' This duality is fascinating and I want to try to exploit it in my work. Hopefully viewers find themselves bouncing between engaging with the subject, the cup or floral arrangement for example, and the actual substance of paint, the streaks, dashes and marks. Almost like breaking the forth wall, I hope to coax the eye into believing the play of light on form, but then call it out and show that it's just paint on a surface.

I tend to paint different subjects in the search for emotionally charged atmospheres. Figures in woodlands, inspired by Caspar David Friedrich's 'Wanderers' are a constant. The groups of people tend to be navigating and working there way through dense shrubbery, which I find to be both visually interesting as well as philosophically pertinent. Also cups and flowers, an influence by the likes of Cezanne and Mondrian. These are an attempt to find profundity in the simple. The Portraits, well, what can I say other than painting peoples faces is totally fascinating.

I am interested in what it means to be a painter in the 21st century. What does cutting edge representational painting look like? I want to make work that harnesses traditional processes of the past, as well as utilizing the technologies of the modern day, to create both visually interesting and conceptually charged paintings. Hopefully my work isn’t just a mere example of mirror of current zeitgeists that will soon past, but rather it attempts to engage with deeper more fundamental and universal themes, of beauty, meaning and purpose.


  • 2017 - 21st April - 7th May. Solo Show, Beside The Wave Gallery, Primrose Hill, London
  • 2017 - May - Flowering , Hybrid Gallery Devon
  • 2016 - Autumn. 15th October - 5th November - Solo show at Lilford Gallery, Canterbury, Kent
  • 2016 - Affordable Art Fair, Hamstead
  • 2016 - 4th March - 24th March - Solo Show. Recent Paintings by Jon Doran Beside The Wave Gallery, Primrose Hill, London.
  • 2015 - 31st Oct - 18th November - Paint and Perception. Recent Paintings by Jon Doran - Beside The Wave Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall.
  • 2015 - 9th July - Lost and Found - James Freeman Gallery, Islington, London
  • 2015 January - Spring Show - Beside The Wave Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • 2014 November 27th - 20th December - Garden Show - James Freeman Gallery, Islington, London
  • 2014 October - MIDAS selection, Newlyn Contemporary Art Gallery.
  • 2014 - July 21st - 28th - Limelight Submission - Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • 2014 - June 13th - 20th - Falmouth Degree Show, Falmouth School of Art, Falmouth Campus, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • 2014 - January - Group show, Beside The Wave Gallery, Falmouth.
  • 2013 21st August – 21st September In The Quiet Moments, Solo Exhibition, Espressini Artisan Coffee Falmouth
  • 2013 The Cork Street Open Exhibition August 2013, 27 Cork Street Mayfair, London
  • 2013 The IFES International Group Art Exhibition, Aix en Provence, France
  • 2013 Secret Art for Water, Beside The Wave Gallery, Falmouth, Cornwall
  • 2013 The Cork Street Open Exhibition, January 2013 27 Cork Street, Mayfair, London
  • 2012 The Big Question Group Exhibition, Falmouth University,
  • 2012 Cork Street Prize Winners Exhibition 2012, 27 Cork Street, Mayfair, London
  • 2011 Jon Doran Solo Exhibition, 7th – 21st February 2011, Peche Art, Sandgate, Kent
  • 2010 The 2010 Cork Street Open Exhibition, August 5th to 13thMay Fair, London
  • 2010 End of year Show, University for the Creative Arts, Maidstone, Kent.
  • 2010 Jon Doran and Tom Herman Two Man Show – Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • 2010 URBAN Three Man Show, Googies Art Cafe, Folkestone, Kent.
  • 2009 The Decked Project, Stolen space Gallery, Brick lane, London. 



2011 – 2014  (BA) Hon Fine Art, University College Falmouth

2009 - 2010 Foundation Diploma in Art and Design University for the Creative Arts



Shortlisted for the MIDAS Award, Falmouth University, 2014

Young Artist Award, Cork Street Open Exhibition 2013

Honourable Mention and Catalogue cover image, Cork Street Open Exhibition 2010.