Approved: 09.12.2016

John Freeman

Artist, Graphic designer, Maker

Approved: 09.12.2016

Concepts, Ideas and Themes

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Biography

Concepts, Ideas and Themes

My work has been strongly influenced by the use of space in compartmented objects,
such as cells, pockets and pigeon-holes and the way they have developed and from what. I am also interested by the aesthetics of data graphics, the principles behind the visual representation of data and the links between mathematics and number systems and spacing systems.
This has led me to my more recent work based on the notion of over-decoration of data graphics which Edward R. Tufte refers to as ‘chart-junk’ in his book on this subject, and in turn led me to investigate how over-decoration can be used to subvert an information display, and alter the validity and harmony of a data graphic display, distorting the true information passed on to the 'consumer'.

My work has been influenced by artisits and writers such as Joseph Cornell, Agnes Martin, Rashid Johnson, Sol LeWitt, Mona Hatoum, Robert Venturi, Edward R Tufte.


Processes and Techniques

My practice involves several processes including pieces that employ woodblock printmaking, monotype, screenprinting, computer generated/manipulated prints and lino cutting. Some of my work will involve a combination of these techniques which I usually refer to as low relief sculptural drawings in some instances There can be some interaction between the piece and the viewer.
On the more sculptural side of my work, questions such as presentation and venue
have become increasingly more important, in some cases producing cabinets in which work/information can be stored and viewed.

CV & Education

John Freeman

Profile

A working and exhibiting printmaker specialising in woodcut, linocut, I also work as a logo designer and illustrator on a crowdsource basis online where I work with design briefs set by clients. I have experience of game design with Stencyl software. My work has been influenced by the visual display of information throughout history and how and why it has changed. I recently delivered a short and informal introduction to woodcut printmaking which included a slide show with discussion and a demonstration after which the rest of the group worked on their own woodcut print.   

Work/project history

Practising Printmaker 1999 – Present

Making, framing and selling prints, using methods like Woodcut printmaking, lino-cut, and screen printing, as well as digital methods. I occasionally work in a low relief sculptural drawing manner.

Exhibitions

The Birmingham & Midland Institute, solo show, 2002

Eyepoppers, Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery, group show 2002

Contemporary Concepts, Riversley Museum & Art Gallery, Nuneaton, group show 2005

Birmingham City Plaza, solo show 2014

Logo Designer, Design Crowd, Online crowd-sourcing basis 2010 – Present

Working to strict deadlines to a brief supplied by the customer.

Using Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, Corel Paintshop pro software.

Sessional Tutor with the Adult and Community Learning March 2018 - present

Designing and writing lesson plans

 

Qualification description

Birmingham University 1997-1999

BA Hons Degree 2:1 Art & Design by negotiated study

Specialising in printmaking and art history

Interest and hobbies

Visual display of quantitative information.

Ancient Greek philosophy and art

Renaissance art

Mathematics in art

Visiting exhibitions on a regular basis

Contact details

07814 537 294 

john.freeman@phirelight.co.uk

Axisweb artist directory page link:

https://www.axisweb.org/p/johnfreeman/