Approved: 07.02.2013

Jonathan Gabb

Artist

Approved: 07.02.2013

I work with both rudimentary and fine art materials, with a resolution to meld painting, sculpture, and the built environment; articulating colour, expressing weight, often producing random outcomes as a part of this process.  I often use simplistic systems of production, creating repeating forms of ascending or descending scale to initiate an idea and then allow process or chance to disrupt; allowing materiality to be extrapolated and guide the outcome rather than striving for a pre-determined outcome.

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Biography

I work with both rudimentary and fine art materials, with a resolution to meld painting, sculpture, and the built environment; articulating colour, expressing weight, often producing random outcomes as a part of this process.  I often use simplistic systems of production, creating repeating forms of ascending or descending scale to initiate an idea and then allow process or chance to disrupt; allowing materiality to be extrapolated and guide the outcome rather than striving for a pre-determined outcome.

Outside of the realm of studio and gallery space there must be a dialogue with the outside world we inhabit and the human experience.  How to resolve this within a process-based methodology within the abstract tradition is a question that has informed recent works.  Resolving how to identify and select the representational and incorporate it within an abstract framework; considering the inherent materiality or symbolic quality or an object, formal shapes, vernacular methods or patterns, are treated as “data” and either become subsumed or otherwise act as a foil within the composition. 

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.