I am an artist and educator based in Oxfordshire. My practice is situated in and beyond the realm of light and time based image making. My interest is as much in the processes of photography as its subjects. My current work explores the conceptual possibilities of the making process in photography bringing it closer to the performance of painting, broadening the potential to explore connections between process, material and meaning.
In my current work I am interested in exploring photography as ‘Inframedium’, playing with the boundaries of the photographic object, its material ‘nature’ and the visual possibilities that exist within it. Stripping away the ‘Apparatus’ of the camera and thus stepping out of the arena of the technical image, I am exploring a different set of gestures with which to reveal the material’s phenomenological potential.
My practice is informed and supported through the integration of my artist-teacher identities. I am committed to the value art brings to both individuals and communities, not just engagement with works of art but more so, the practice of art. I am particularly interested in the role art practice can play in developing analytical thinking, critical discourse, political awareness and shared experiences in the wider community.
I completed a PGDip(Ed) Artist Teacher Scheme in 2016 followed by a Master of Art in Fine Art at Oxford Brookes University. From 2013-2017 I was Module Leader of Photography at Bellerbys College Oxford, teaching the Foundation and A Level courses and now teaches A Level Photography at d'Overbroecks Sixth Form College and I am involved with Fusion Arts in running a community darkroom in east Oxford.
CV & Education
Name: John A. Blythe PGDip(Ed) MFA
Currently living and working in Oxfordshire, UK.
Oxford Brookes University, Master of Fine Art in Fine Art
Oxford Brookes University, PGDip(Ed), Artist Teacher Scheme
Studied under Michael Schaaf, Wet Plate Collodion and Salt Printing
City of Westminster College, Cert in Photographic Practice 714
Studied under Rotimi Fani-Kayode, Fine Art Photography
2019 - Chromogenesis – Upcycle Gallery, Templar Sq, Oxford, UK
2018 - Accord - The Old Fire Station Gallery, Oxford, UK.
2017 - Journey: Vol1 - Nuffield OC, Headington, Oxford.
2016 - The Blue of Distance, Oxfordshire Artweeks, UK.
Recent/Current Group Exhibitions:
2020 – Works on Paper, Candid Arts Gallery, Islington, London, UK
2019 - Body of Work (MFA Show), Richard Hamilton Building, Oxford, UK
2019 - Hide & Seek, 44AD artspace, Bath, UK
2019 - Priceless, Magdalen Road Studios, Oxford, UK
2019 - Brickwork, The Jam Factory, Oxford, UK
2019 - Chromantics, The Cornerstone Gallery, Didcot, UK.
2018 - DreaMFActory, Glass Tank Gallery, Headington, Oxford, UK.
2018 - 'Blue' (ALiM), [email protected], Southbank, London, UK
2018 - Thresholds - Siggrou 24 Project Space, Thessaloniki, Greece.
2018 - Real/Unreal - Bath Photography Festival, Bath, UK.
2018 - Mental Health - The Cornerstone Gallery, Didcot, UK
2017 - DreaMFActory, Glass Tank Gallery, Headington, Oxford, UK.
2017 - Beyond Surface, Glass Tank Gallery, Headington, Oxford, UK.
2017 - Seven Counties Open, OVADA Gallery, Oxford, UK (Award Winner).
2017 - Artist Teacher Collective, Nuffield OC, Headington, Oxford, UK.
2016 - Evolving Forces, Glasgow Room, Harcourt Hill Campus, Oxford, UK.
2016 - Experimental Film & Video Exhibition, CICA Museum, Gyeonggi-do, Korea.
2016 - Realisation, Pop Up Artist Teacher collective exhibition, Harcourt Hill, Oxford, UK.
2016 - Resistant Forces, OVADA, Oxford, UK.
2015 - Artist Teacher Scheme PGCert, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK.
Project coordinator - FusionArts Community Darkroom, 2019 - Present
Associate member of Oxfordshire Visual Arts Development Agency (OVADA)
Associate member of Magdalen Road Studios
2017 - OVADA Professional Development Award supported by Art at The Old Fire Station, Oxford.
Works held in private collections in the UK, India, Greece and South Africa.
Workshops, Talks & Teaching:
Chemigram introduction – OVADA Gallery, 2020
Darkroom induction training – FusionArts Darkroom, 2019
World Cyanotype Day – FusionArts Darkroom, 2019
Introduction to analogue photography – FusionArts Darkroom, 2019
“Alternative Identities’ – Cyanotype and Collage – Parasol Project/Fusion Arts, 2019.
Creative darkroom practices – FusionArts Darkroom, 2019
Eco photography – FusionArts Darkroom, 2019
World Pinhole Photography Day – FusionArts Darkroom 2019
‘Alternative Histories’ – Photo Collage – Pitt Rivers Museum for OAT (Oxford Art Teach), 2018.
Exposing the Invisible’ Cyanotype Process – FusionArts, 2018.
Alternative Scapes’ – Photo Collage – Art at The Old Fire Station, 2018.
“Alternative Identities’ – Cyanotype and Collage – Parasol Project/Fusion Arts, 2018.
The Stuff of Photography – The Photographers Gallery, 2019
In conversation with…. – OVADA Gallery, 2019
Artists in Conversation – The Old Fire Station Gallery, 2018
‘The Speed of Light, The Speed of me’ – OVADA, 2018
Coordinator and Teacher of Photography, d'Overbroeck's College, 2017 - Present
Teacher of Photography, Cherwell Tutorial College, Oxford. 2017 - Present
Module Leader of Photography, Bellerbys College Oxford. 2011 - 2017
Teacher of Photography, Queen Anne’s School, Caversham. 2010 - 2013
Guest Lecturer, The Oxford Tradition, Pembroke College, Oxford University. 2013
Sessional Tutor of Photography, Redcloud Photography Workshops. 2012
Course Leader, The Oxford Tradition, Pembroke College Oxford University. 2012