‘For me, painting from observation is to do with much more than simply representing what I see optically; painting is a matter of expressing how I feel about what I see. In paint I render momentary experiences of observing and responding, continuously amassing marks into a visual statement as a whole. I have recently been finding inspiration for my work within landscape and still life painting, I feel that both of these subject matters are usefully to me as I develop a personal approach to visual depiction and image making. The major difference between them is to do with the fact that the still life is selected, arranged, and somewhat static, while the landscape is found, framed, and continuously moving.’

Brief Biography:

‘I was born in South Africa to a British mother and Dutch father. When I was ten, we moved to a small countryside village in Hampshire in the UK. Finding that I had an interest in art and design, I pursued a BTEC level 3 Diploma in Art and Design at Fareham College, a BA in Drawing and a MA in Illustration (authorial practice) at Falmouth University. My wife Sarah and I decided to make the move to St. Andrews to be nearer to our family and because of the beautiful and inspiring location. Since moving to St. Andrews I have been pursuing a career as an artist and oil painter.


Jonathan Koetsier has exhibited work at the Fraser Gallery St. Andrews, Frames Gallery Perth, Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh, Grilli Gallery Edinburgh, Mall Galleries London, Beside the Wave Gallery in Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery and more. In 2017 he was accepted into the Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, in 2018 the Imagine Falmouth exhibition at Falmouth Art Gallery, and in 2019 the Scottish Portrait Awards.

FRASER GALLERY, 53 South Street, St. Andrews, Scotland. KY16 9QR

FRAMES GALLERY, 10 Victoria Street, Perth, Scotland. PH2 8LW

THE GRILLI GALLERY, 20A Dundas Street, Edinburgh, Scotland. EH3 6HZ



Scottish Portrait Awards: ‘Sarah Koetsier at Kingsbarn Beach’ - Edinburgh Scottish Arts Club, 2 to 30 Nov 2019: Glasgow, Glasgow Art Club, 16 Jan to 15 Feb 2020: and Kirkcudbright Galleries, 14 March to 24 May 2020.

Fraser Gallery, St. Andrews. January 2018 - Currently

Grilli Gallery, Edinburgh. FESTIVAL 11 EXHIBITION. Group show. 17 August to to 14 September 2019

GalleryQ, Dundee. ‘Contrasts’ (three person exhibition). June 2019

Frames Gallery, Perth. “Nature Morte” The Art Of Still Life. May-June 2019

Grilli Gallery, Edinburgh. Winter Exhibition. Group show. November 2018 - February 2019


Fraser Gallery, St. Andrews. Group shows, on going. 2018

Frames Gallery, Perth. Oil Paintings. Group Show. July 2018 - Jan 2019

Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh. Small Works. Group Show. November - December 2018

The Fleming Gallery, Tasis England, Surrey. ‘Paint and Porcelain’ an exhibition with my wife Sarah Koetsier. September - October 2018

Beside the Wave Gallery, Falmouth. Still Life Paintings. 2 Group Show. 1st March - April and 2nd in June 2018

Weem Gallery, Pittenweem. Linocut Prints. Group Show. March 2018 

Imagine Falmouth, Falmouth Art Gallery, Falmouth. Linocut Print. Group Show November 2017 - January 2018

2014 - 2017

Hermione Hammond Drawing Award, Mall Galleries, London. Drawing. Group Show. September - October 2017

MA Illustration Degree Show, Falmouth, August 2017

BA Drawing Degree Show. Falmouth, June 2016

Around the point - Tresco, Isles of Scilly, 2015

Thrive, Pizza Express gallery, Falmouth 2015

Room to Room, Trelissick house, Feock 2015

SCOPE, BA (Hons) Drawing Showcase, RKBurt Gallery, London, 2014

SCOPE, BA (Hons) Drawing Showcase, Ariel Centre, Totness, 2014

SCOPE, BA (Hons) Drawing Showcase, Heseltine Gallery, Truro, 2014

BA Drawing end of year show, Wellington Terrace, Falmouth, 2014


St. Andrews Art Club. Weekly Oil Painting Class 2018 - currently

Crail Art Club. Weekly Oil Painting Class 2018

Tasis England, Surrey. Visiting Artist 2018

Falmouth University. Visiting Artist to BA Drawing and MA Illustration 2017

Falmouth University. Teaching placement with foundation course. 2015

Falmouth Art Gallery. Drawing workshops. 2014

MA Illustration (Authorial Practice): Distinction - Falmouth University

BA Drawing: First Class Honours - Falmouth University

BTEC National Diploma Level 3, Art & Design: D*D*D* - Fareham College. 

U101: Design thinking: creativity for the 21st century - Open University