‘Wolf man’ artist’s thorough research for art exhibition in Lewes

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Nicknamed ‘The Wolf of West Street’, Lewes artist Jonathan Barnes spent time in the company of wolves while carrying out research for his latest exhibition.

He studied the much-misunderstood creatures at close quarters at the UK Wolf Conservation Trust at Reading, Berkshire.

The resulting series of paintings will be on show at Alexis Dove in The Needlemakers, Lewes.

After observing wolves by day and night, Jonathan created a series of cut-out paintings.

First he paints in oil on cardboard, then carves the cardboard to create cut-outs that are framed. Together, the eight pieces portray different aspects of this mysterious creature, which, according to the 9th century text, The Anglo Saxon Chronicle, used to live in the ‘Kingdom of Sussex’ along with boars and bears.

Jonathan said: “Man has had an affinity with wolves since time began.

“For some reason we like to imagine being like them – images of humans living among wolves are found in the earliest mythology. These paintings attempt to look into that psyche, while presenting my observations of seeing wolves in the flesh.”

His work was exhibited recently at Sluice Art Fair 2013, London, with Fordham Gallery as well as Brighton Festival Open Houses, Lewes Artwave and Artists United.

‘Jonathan Barnes: Wolf’ will run at The Needlemakers from April 4 to May 10. Alexis Dove Jewellery is open from 10am-5pm Monday to Saturday. The exhibition has been made possible with support from the UK Wolf Conservation Trust.