Approved: 07.02.2013

Jonathan Gabb

Artist

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Approved: 07.02.2013

I explore the transformative possibilities of paint. The layers of paint are plasticised and cast, preserving their liquid qualities, while allowing new applications, new possibilities to be imagined. The hanging works are investigations of the sculptural possibilities of paint as a medium. The threads or ribbons of paint evoke a fluid painterly quality, interacting with the enclosing volume, and promoting

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  • Location: London
  • Activities: Studio practice
  • Categories: Installation, Painting, Sculpture
  • Tags: painting, colour, spectrum, plastic, theatrical, gesture, expressionism, abstract, system, process
 

Biography

I explore the transformative possibilities of paint. The layers of paint are plasticised and cast, preserving their liquid qualities, while allowing new applications, new possibilities to be imagined. The hanging works are investigations of the sculptural possibilities of paint as a medium. The threads or ribbons of paint evoke a fluid painterly quality, interacting with the enclosing volume, and promoting interaction with the viewer. They are extreme workings of the plasticity of the acrylic medium. The sculptures are on the edge of the paints purpose; the invented practice is non-idealistic and as such the material's function re-interprets itself. The very act of making positive cast of paint, manipulating when dry and then cutting into threads repeatedly reverses the typically perceived 'easy quality' of lyrical abstract painting through an industrious method, yet at the end of it they retain and reiterate a painterly quality.

CV & Education

UK Solo Exhibitions 2013:

Opera Rose, ABrooks Art, 194-195 Hoxton St, London.

SYSTEM, WW GALLERY, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London.

UK Group Exhibitions 2014:

Saatchi Showdown: In Glorious Colour, Griffin Gallery, 21 Evesham Street, London.

UK Group Exhibitions 2013:

Loopart 13, The Faircharm, Creekside, Deptford, London.

UK Group Exhibitions 2012:

Solo Award Group Show 2012, WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London.

UK Group Exhibitions 2010:

Unspilt Peak Problem, Royal College of Art, 15-25 Howie street, London.

UK Group Exhibitions 2009:

Unwanted Sights and Sounds, etc. Gallery, 1a Damley road, London.

 

UK Residencies 2012:

WW Solo Residency, WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London.

 

Awards:

WW Solo Award Winner 2012, WW Gallery, 34/35 Hatton Garden, London.

Saatch Art "In Glorious Colour" Showdown 2014.  Competition Winner.

 

Published Reviews:

2013 - Art of England Review.

 

Press:

http://www.studiointernational.com/index.php/interview-with-jonathan-gabb

http://www.culture24.org.uk/art/art458395

http://www.1883magazine.com/art-exhibitions/art-exhibition/jonathan-gabb

 

Education & Qualifications:

2008 - BA Fine Art (First Class), London Metropolitan University, London.