Jonathan Brennan (1978) is an artist living and working in Belfast since 2012. Originally from Dublin, he spent most of the last decade in Brussels, Belgium where he studied painting at the École des Arts d’Anderlecht. He previously studied History of Art & Architecture (and Spanish) at Dublin University, Trinity College Dublin and has a MSc in Multimedia Systems.
Jonathan works with various visual media such as printmaking, painting and photography. Digital technology can sometimes play a role in the process of creating his works. He is preoccupied by the relationship between digital and traditional techniques, and the values we impose on them. He is drawn to nature and landscape as subject matter and is fascinated by how urban and rural rub against each other in our cities.
Memory and place always play a significant role in his work. His works are in private collections in Europe and the US. He also teaches at the Belfast Print Workshop and builds websites.
Since moving to Belfast, Jonathan has exhibited in the Ulster Museum, Framewerk, ArtisAnn, Golden Thread, Belfast Exposed, Crescent Arts Centre, the Bath House, Cotton Court Gallery, Riverside Theatre Coleraine, the Black Box and the Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy. He had three solo shows in 2017, two in 2018 and two in 2019.
Jonathan is a member of the Belfast Print Workshop, Catalyst and Vault Artist Studios.
In addition, Jonathan works in web, video and print for a range of non-profit organisations around the world - find out more on www.aptalops.com
He is also one half of A Belfast Blog - find out more on www.abelfastblog.com