Jake Grewal is a painter based in South London who graduated with a First Class Bachelor of the Arts (Honours) in Fine Art: Painting from The University of Brighton in June 2016. He has been included in the 2016 Woon Foundation Prize where he was awarded a Judge’s Discretionary Prize and The National Open Art Competition where he won the Cass Art Award.
"Before my trip to the island of Borneo I had a preconceived notion of a wild untamed jungle of legend. This was challenged in reality when I observed the effects of deforestation, especially in the cases of Oil palm farms and human-caused fires.
This human controlled destruction paired with the sections that are closely monitored and protected by man led me to understand that the natural, in its truest form, is an extinct mythology.
My most recent body of work is a fictitious prediction of an aftermath or a dystopian reality. Focusing on the ideal of a jungle paradise I include references to the man made alongside an artifice colour palette alluding to a future of toxicity".