Approved: 16.10.2015

jonathan phillips

Artist

Archived
Approved: 16.10.2015

My work focuses on the relationship between clay containers, to animate the space within and around them. I'm interested in the sensed presence and influence of one volume on another, and how a small intimate object can suggest something imense and immeasurable, extending beyond it's own material boundaries.
I use clay for it's ability to record very subtle decisions made during working with it, that accumulate as traces through the structure of the finished work, forming an unseen presence. Clay is able to maintain it's material integrity, whiles't not intruding on it's surroundings and it is this humble yet persistent presence that I respond to and hope to preserve in the work.
A simple geometric vocabulary is used to form material boundaries that define and measure, unbounded space. Concentrating on well defined parameters enables me to follow the nuances of each connection through placement and scale, becoming part of an intimate relationship that moves on to  interact with broader and different environments. I'm not interested in one part announcing itself over another, more in forming a balanced tension, in which inside and outside, solid and void, both define and complete each other.

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  • Location: Hereford, West Midlands
  • Artforms: Ceramics, Sculpture
  • Tags: sculpture, clay, artist, geometric, minimal, architectural
 

Artist Statement

My work focuses on the relationship between clay containers, to animate the space within and around them. I'm interested in the sensed presence and influence of one volume on another, and how a small intimate object can suggest something imense and immeasurable, extending beyond it's own material boundaries.
I use clay for it's ability to record very subtle decisions made during working with it, that accumulate as traces through the structure of the finished work, forming an unseen presence. Clay is able to maintain it's material integrity, whiles't not intruding on it's surroundings and it is this humble yet persistent presence that I respond to and hope to preserve in the work.
A simple geometric vocabulary is used to form material boundaries that define and measure, unbounded space. Concentrating on well defined parameters enables me to follow the nuances of each connection through placement and scale, becoming part of an intimate relationship that moves on to  interact with broader and different environments. I'm not interested in one part announcing itself over another, more in forming a balanced tension, in which inside and outside, solid and void, both define and complete each other.

 

CV & Education

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name:        jonathan phillips
address:    pentrejack farm, brilley, whitney-on-wye, herefordshire, hr3 6js
phone:       01544 327 629
email:         [email protected]
website:     www.jgphillips.co.uk

education:             1997-1999    falmouth college of arts, ba (hons) studio ceramics
                            1994-1995    bretton hall college of arts, arts and education

work experience:     2000-2010    joint partner, designing and producing tableware for exclusive
                                                        retail outlets
                              1999-2000    production thrower at pembridge terracotta, herefordshire
                              1995-1996    studio assistant for potter pietro maddalena, certaldo,    
                                                        florence, italy

exhibitions:               2015     - neo art prize exhibition 2015, bolton                                                                                    - mostyn open 19, llandudno, wales                                                                                       - spring exhibition, beardsmore gallery, london

                                2014    national eisteddfod open exhibition, llanelli, wales  
                                2013    ceramics, beardsmore gallery, london
                                2012    london art fair, represented by the beardsmore gallery
                                2011    nordic art, cultural connections, henley-on-thames
                                2010    - shapes and surfaces, cultural connections,henley-on-thames
                                            - recollect, burgh house, london
                                2009    - ceramic art london, royal college of art, london
                                            - exhibition for 8 british artiasts, british consulate, chicago
                                2008     ceramic art london, royal college of art, london

awards:                     2009        - arts council grant
                                                - uk trade and industry award