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Dr Jonathan Trayner


Department of Art and Music

Jonathan Trayner


Jonathan is an artist and art historian whose practice focusses on the intersection of politics, aesthetics and history.

His major field of research is the print culture of sixteenth century Germany with particular interest in the depiction of peasants in radical and ephemeral prints. His latest book chapter, “The Sword in the Ragged Sheath: The Motif of the Peasant Radical in Sixteenth-Century Prints” was published in April 2023.

Recent art projects include After the Rain with Jamie Dyson (2022) which was shown at Palace Church, Norwich, and an opera for robots - V.D.M.I.Æ. – that was shown in various locations (2016-20).

He is a member of Solent's Art, Environment, and Social Change research group.

Further information

2018 to 2020: Visiting lecturer, Leeds University

2014 to 2019: Sessional lecturer, University of Reading

2007 to 2009: Associate lecturer, Chelsea College of Art and Design

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Graphic Design

Carve out your career in design across print and digital platforms. Solent gives you freedom to explore your craft in dedicated design studios.

BA (Hons) Illustration

Turn the art of your imagination into crafted illustrations and build your portfolio using dedicated multi-media facilities and art studios.

BA (Hons) Make-Up and Hair Design

Superb connections, amazing facilities, and the opportunity to work alongside students of Photography, TV, Film, and SFX make Solent’s course a first choice: the gateway to careers across the world.

BA (Hons) Fine Art

Nurture your talent for painting, sculpture or applied art, guided by a passionate team of artists, curators and theorists, in a supportive, creative community.