Easter Opening!

Porthilly Gallery is CLOSED for a couple of days whilst we do a quick paint-job and set up the new exhibition in time for Easter Weekend. From Good Friday (30 March), Porthilly Gallery & Studio will be back to 'summer' opening hours - 10am - 5pm every day. We look forward to seeing you over the holidays. Visit us to see new paintings by Jethro Jackson and ceramics by Paul Jackson, Eddie Curtis, Jack Doherty and Tim Andrews.

 Jethro Jackson - Cowrie Hunter, 2018, oil on board

Jethro Jackson - Cowrie Hunter, 2018, oil on board

Hand Finished Screen Print released

Working in collaboration with master print maker David D'Silva, Jethro Jackson has produced a limited edition, hand finished screen print, taken from his painting 'Boats on the Corner, Porthilly'. Each print is hand finished, making each of the 30 screen prints unique.

This scene is a regular feature in Jethro's work and it captures this little corner of Cornwall perfectly. The painterly marks and subdued tones of dawn on the estuary are beautifully translated onto paper using the screen printing process.


Limited Edition Prints - ON SALE NOW

A series of Limited Edition Giclee Prints by Jethro Jackson are on sale now - use the code CHRISTMAS17 to get 10% off all orders! Collection only (until the New Year) ... 



Porthilly Gallery is open daily in December from 11am – 4pm (or by appointment) until 7th January 2018. 

We are CLOSED for Christmas on 23rd, 25th and 26th December. 

Please note: from 8th January 2018 we will be open 11am - 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays only (or by appointment). 

We recommend you contact us before your visit, just in case Jethro is out chasing storm clouds on the cliffs! There is parking available in the car park opposite Porthilly Gallery.

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Jethro & Porthilly Gallery x


Jethro Jackson at Young Jamieson Fine Art

Jethro is showing two new works at a new gallery space in Marlborough. Young Jamieson Fine Art has a great roster of artists and they offer something really different for the UK Art Market. It's exciting to be involved and the new gallery they have created and we look forward to future collaboration - good luck with the new venture! www.youngjamiesonfineart.com

The focus of this new venture is to show established and emerging talents through a fast paced program of events and exhibitions. The Gallery intends to consistently maintain a varied rotation of original and editioned work by local, national and international artists.

Working from a diverse stable of artists already represented by The Drang Galleries in the South West, we aim to combine collectable and investment works by contemporary and modern masters, with a roster of new talent. Additionally, we also work with publishers and studios of notable names including Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn and Sir Peter Blake.
— Young Jamieson

Jethro Jackson

Watch Jethro Jackson at work in his studio at Porthilly Gallery in this short film made by photographer and film-maker Pia Schiele www.piaschiele.com

“It was a great opportunity to get creative in the studio and a chance to get up close with the materials I choose to work with. Trying to describe my process can be tricky, but the intricate detail and rich colour of this film captures my methods perfectly.”

A Short Film about Artist Jethro Jackson. Film by Pia Schiele Music by Chris Davey

The Sea, The Sea

‘Why paint the sea? That heavy, turbulent, unfathomable, deep, dark mystery of a place which artists, poets, musicians, writers, explorers and photographers have been obsessed with forever. Humans rely on it for food and sustenance, and most ancient civilisations still standing today, were built near its shores. It remains unknown, yet so appealing.

When looking at the work of an artist who is focused so intently on one thing, and there have been many who are lured in by the sea, It is interesting to think about why. For Jethro, It is a combination of fascination and proximity. A short time away from Cornwall whilst at university in Manchester made a return to the South West essential. From that point on, Jethro has been painting and constantly exploring ways to convincingly describe a sense of these scenes.

Talking to Jethro about why he paints in this way, and why he has chosen such a notoriously ineffable subject, it is clear that the uncertain power of the waves, the iridescent colours and rhythmical tides appeal to him the most. It’s the continuation of a cycle that he can be very involved in. Day in, day out, Jethro observes the ebb and flow of the tides, the colour of the sea at dusk and the glitter on the surface of the water on a calm afternoon. Perhaps he’s not always aware of it, but he has been present for these moments and through a unique process of absorbing information and painting, Jethro has found a language that echoes what he has experienced – his paintings capture a sense of this place.

“The things that inspire me remain constant – memories and emotions arising from the textures of the land and the effect of the light on the sea. I remain connected to the environment that surrounds me, and the more time I spend in it, the more it becomes embedded in my memory.”

Words by Lucy Ward, 2017