Born in the West Midlands and now living and working from his studio in Kent, Jonathan Hateley’s sculpture is exhibited widely, both in the UK and Internationally, including New York, Hong Kong and Singapore.
Having created props for the musical “The Phantom of the Opera” and the English National Opera, Jonathan spent many years sculpting for models and effects in TV and film and illustrating children’s’ books. In 2003 he began creating his own work, thus turning his passion into a career. One of his earliest public commissions was undertaken for Kent County Council, creating three sculptures for new schools.
All aspects of the natural world inspire Jonathan. Working in clay, he enjoys the challenge of creating from both the real and imagined. Through his close observation and manipulation of materials, Jonathan is able to create detail and texture or surface bas-relief on his sculpture, which are hand finished and painted to accentuate the relief.
Based at his studio near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, Jonathan is currently working on a series of stylised human figures, employing his own uniquely interpretative style to create an inspiring body of work.