Jonathan Purnell

Jonathan Purnell is an artist living and working in London. Purnell’s paintings and prints explore themes including pollution and the human destruction of the natural world.


Elastic man (2019) deals with the idea of human redundancy and austerity. “Due to cut backs the super hero Elastic man has had to find alternative employment as a street cleaner!”

The artist’s practice also takes the form of institutional critique through the medium of performance and video. This includes Haunted Tate (2001), which involved six performers dressing up as ghosts haunting the Tate Modern’s Rothko room.