Speed Painter & Speed Portrait Artist
Jon has travelled the world as a variety performer specialty act, street performer and visual artist, appearing in cabarets and theatre shows, at festivals, private parties, on numerous TV shows and at a diverse range of corporate events performing and creating his unusual outsized artworks. Jon’s paintings often fetch thousands of pounds at charity auctions.
Now Jon has created five meticulously rehearsed shows, choreographed to music, that provide the powerful spectacle of an artist in action. In addition to this, Jon is also a highly acclaimed pavement artist. All performances are suitable, in slightly different formats for any live event, from street festivals to corporate functions.
Upside down, revolving, 6 foot tall portraits, executed in under 6 minutes. Jon can paint from his repertoire of the iconically famous, or a portrait learnt on request. Recent commissions include Ronnie Wood, Paul O’Grady, Roberto Martinez, David Bailey, Sadiq Khan, Alastair Cook…
Jon executes paintings live, indoors or outdoors, as dynamic performances and installations over minutes, hours or days – from his repertoire or to a client led brief. Speed Painting clients include: Alfa Romeo, Bulgari, Amnesty International, BMW, Disney, Everton FC, Qatar National Bank, Q8, Marie Curie, Moet Hennessy, MSN, Next, Seiko, Toyota, Peugeot, Rolls Royce, Smart Car.
Variety’s answer to Picasso, Jon performs his legendary outsized paintings with incredible dexterity, bad-boy attitude and immaculate timing to stylish soundtracks. Seeing is unbelieving in his unique ‘Painting Beyond Numbers’ act performed with stylish aplomb by a true variety master. Jon has a catalogue of paintings or can produce commissioned work specific to an event, which he performs to music in 3 – 8 minutes.
Installations – over minutes, hours or days on any scale
Jon can create a painting that develops throughout the course of an event leaving a work of art that will stand and deliver in its own right. Jon has a repertoire of these pieces but more often he creates them to a client’s brief.
The International Man of Artistry
A show of creativity, deadpan silent comedy, origami, spoon bending, tea making, and dynamically executed outsized artworks, performed to a soundtrack of stylish music and climaxing in the painted, awesome, upside down, delight of a big finish. Jon is a charismatic performer. This show is funny, playful, clever and with the speed painting it has a genuinely high skill, wow factor reaching a climax. The show lasts up to 35 minutes on stage or outdoors.
¶ Executes paintings live, indoors or outdoors
¶ A variety performer speciality act
¶ Also a highly acclaimed pavement artist
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Here’s what Jon – Speed Painter’s clients said:
Tombstone-faced rocker Jon Hicks works wonders with paintbrushes.
Bruce Dessau – Evening Standard
Thank you for your performance, it was fantastic and exceeded all expectations!
North Island – Seychelles
Your performance is awesome
Canal Entertainment Works Co. Ltd., Fukuoka, Japan
Thank you so much for your help with booking Jon… Jon was incredibly helpful and flexible and so huge thanks to him. He was brilliant as ever, people love him and the painting was fantastic… Thank you again and I hope to work with you and Jon again.
Marie Curie Cancer Care (via Contraband)
Awe inspiring performance.
Stealing the show with an act never before seen at this festival.
We were delighted… adding such an imaginative visual art dimension to our programme.
Islington International Festival
You will receive my regards from Jon, the show was great we all love the performance & quality. Thank you for all the support & looking forward dealing with you.
The Meaza Group Company (via Contraband)
It went very well! Jon was easy to work with and very charming. He helped with our guests and the image he created was lovely.
Seiko UK Ltd (via Contraband)
Thanks for your email! The event was extremely successful and much more than expected was raised for Marie Curie! All the entertainers were fabulous, please extend our thanks to them all! Especially Richard and Jon the artist who was amazing!…
Atom Events Ltd (via Contraband)
Jon – Speed Painter’s Previous Clients:
War on Want
Jon – Speed Painter’s Icon Repertoire:
Jon – Speed Painter’s Landscape Repertoire:
London Skyline (two options – one with audience member as Superman)
Wave with Surfer
Batman on Rooftops
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