OE 2005-2012

Jake Grewal is an award-winning artist, having won the Woon Foundation Prize and the Cass Award at the National Open Art Competition. Upon leaving Emanuel, he gained a BTEC Foundation Diploma from Kingston University and a First Class (Hons) from the University of Brighton.

He draws his influence from the notion that nothing is that natural anymore, as man has touched every aspect of our landscape. His art is heavily influenced by a trip to Borneo where he witnessed, first-hand, the effect of deforestation in favour of palm oil plantations. Jake reinterprets the historical legacy of landscape painting for the modern day.

The Art department were constantly supplying scholars and students with inspiring artists’ talks and field trips. It wasn’t until I had left that I realised how rich my artistic education had been and how lucky I was to have experienced that.