About


Jonathan Myles-Lea is the UK's leading painter of country houses and gardens. Awarded the title 'Living National Treasure' by the editors of Country Life Magazine, he has completed more than 60 major commissions in 10 countries.

His clients include Highgrove (for the Prince of Wales), Viscount Linley, Princess Salimah Aga Khan, Oprah Winfrey, Sir Roy Strong, Sir Anthony and Lady Caroline Bamford and the National Trust.

Myles-Lea also paints portraits of people. His friend the late Evelyn H. Lauder, former Senior Vice President of Estée Lauder was his patron in NYC. His Art-Deco inspired
Abstracts are included in the collection of the TV & film producer Normal Lear in LA. More of Myles-Lea's abstracts hang in collections in London, NYC, Moscow and Shanghai.

Plas Teg
'Plas Teg', Wales. Oil on panel. 50" x 32", 1991

Whilst living at the Jacobean house, Plas Teg in North Wales and helping his friend Cornelia Bayley with its restoration, Myles-Lea created a bird's-eye painting of the house which was to launch his career as a professional artist. Publicity he received in Country Life Magazine shortly afterwards led to commissions all over Great Britain to paint portraits of properties from modest manor houses to great country estates.

Sir Roy Strong, the former director of The
National Portrait Gallery and The Victoria & Albert Museum in London asked Myles-Lea to paint an aerial view of his garden, The Laskett in 1995 to celebrate his 60th birth-day. It was this painting which initiated al-most twenty years of prolific activity.
Myles-Lea's friendship with Sir Roy Strong led him to establishing his home and studio in the Gardens in 2011. In his painting of The Laskett Gardens, Myles-Lea established a distinctive technique of depicting plan and elevation in the same image.

Plas Teg
'The Laskett', Oil on canvas. 42" x 30", 1995


This cartographic approach appealed to the architectural historian Gervase Jackson-Stops, then a senior advisor to The National Trust. From 1995 onwards, he commissioned the artist to create meticulous maps of Stowe Landscape Garden, Cliveden and various other properties owned by the Trust.


'Stowe Landscape Gardens', Pen & ink, 42" x 30"
In 1997 Myles-Lea was awarded the title 'Living National Treasure' by the editors of Country Life Magazine and in the same year his work was included in the Sotheby's exhibition 'The Artist & the Country House - From the Fifteenth Century to the Present Day'. The exhibition was staged in association with 'The Prince of Wales's Institute for Architecture' (now 'The Prince's Foundation for Building Community') and was curated by the architectural historian John Harris. In the the exhibition catalogue Harris wrote: “Felix Kelly and Rex Whistler were the modern masters of the country house capriccio. Today, their natural follower seems to be Jonathan Myles-Lea, who is a participant in the revival of a type of precision painting whose ancestry returns to the cartographic tradition".





In 1996 Jonathan was asked by Simon and Victoria Leatham to paint a series of views of Burghley House in Lincolnshire. Burghley is one of Britain's great 'Treasure Houses', a true "Palace of the Arts". It was built in the late 16th century by Sir William Cecil, 1st Lord Burghley, Secretary to Queen Elizabeth I.


'Burghley from the West', Oil on canvas,
42" x 30", 1996
The award-winning garden designer Lady Arabella Lennox-Boyd commissioned Myles-Lea to create a large painting of her garden, Gresgarth in Cumbria in 1997, and the following year Myles-Lea began to receive commissions from clients in Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany.


'Huys de Dohm', The Netherlands
Oil on canvas, 42" x 30", 1999


The garden designer Ineke Greve commis-sioned a painting of her garden Huys de Dohm near Heerlen, in southern Holland and Jo Eyck commissioned a bird's-eye view of Kasteel Wijlre the same year. The new millennium saw the arrival of Myles-Lea's first commissions in the USA.


'Church Street, Charleston' South Carolina, USA
Oil on canvas, 42" x 30", 2000
Sir Anthony and Lady Caroline Bamford asked Myles-Lea to paint portraits of their homes; Daylesford House in Gloucestershire and Wooton Lodge in Staffordshire in 2001, and in the same year he painted Wartnaby House in Leicestershire for the former chairman of British Airways, Lord King.


'Daylesford', Gloucestershire
Oil on canvas, 42" x 30", 2000

In 2007 Myles-Lea was commissioned to create a map of Highgrove Gardens for His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. The crest Myles-Lea designed for the map is used as the main decorative motif for the Orchard range of cream-ware available from Highgrove shops. His map and drawings are used in the garden


'Highgrove Gardens'. Pen & ink, 2007
Most recently, the US television host Oprah Winfrey commissioned Myles-Lea to create views of her house in Montrcito, California.


'The Promised Land' Oprah Winfey's House.
Montecito, California, Oil on canvas, 36" x 24"




Abstracts



Myles-Lea began painting Art-Deco inspired abstract paintings whilst living in NYC during 2004-2006 and his works hang in many locations around the world. Mary Fox-Linton and Gordon Campbell-Grey commissioned a work to hang in the foyer of Duke's Hotel, St James's, London. Miranda and Orlando Rock commissioned a large 'I-Ching Abstract' which incorporates all the family's initials for the new kitchen at Burghley House in Lincolnshire, and Grosvenor Estates asked Myles-Lea to collaborate with David Linley in furnishing The Linley Townhouse in London. Other Myles-Lea abstracts are found in art collections around the world, including those owned by the television and film producer Norman Lear in LA, and Russia's former UK ambassador now in Moscow.



'NYC Abstract' Dukes Hotel, London
Oil on canvas 46" x 32"


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abstracts click here.

Portraits

Portraits in oils on gessoed linen in Myles-Lea's own ebonised frames.


Abstracts

Geometric, non-figurative works Myles-Lea first began painting whilst living in NYC.




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Blog

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