Approved: 26.01.2018

Kevin John Pocock

Artist, Digital designer, Film-maker

Approved: 26.01.2018

My work includes painting, drawing, video and digital. Originally from Dorset I studied architecture at Cambridge University. Now based in Manchester I show my artwork in the UK (including the John Moores) and internationally.

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Artist Statement

My work includes painting, drawing, video and digital. Originally from Dorset I studied architecture at Cambridge University. Now based in Manchester I show my artwork in the UK (including the John Moores) and internationally.

My paintings and drawings are largely inspired by modernist architecture and my own thoughts, dreams and memories. Sometimes vague, sometimes specific - recurring rather than transitory.  The ones that keep ticking away inside.  Common themes are utopian dreams, environment, repetition, power, hierarchy and aggression. I construct and express this permanent, private interior of thoughts as a public, external, abstracted architectural space - sometimes the subject is directly about architecture and the city itself, sometimes very personal, sometimes both together.

Each piece starts as a small, rough, spontaneous sketch. I later select from these to create a larger work and develop my ideas through a design process that involves further investigative studies, technical drawings and computer aided design. The final work is very close in spirit to the original sketch.  I play with symmetry and asymmetry, and mixing different architectural representations of space – perspective, elevation and 3D projections such as axonometric and isometric. I sometimes contrast smooth paint with rougher, textured areas.

My video work in contrast is more direct in process. Often stemming from observations while travelling, they reference passages of time and, like my paintings and drawings, hint at internal thoughts expressed through a restructuring of original footage.

In my work, whether on canvas, paper or on screen I try to offer a contemplative convergence of the mind and the physical world.

CV & Education

INTRODUCTION

I first trained as an architect at Cambridge University, graduating with an MA and Diploma. Originally from Dorset I now live and work in Manchester showing in the UK as well as Europe, the USA and Australia.

Since my solo show at Castlefield Gallery, Manchester in 2013, and the John Moores Painting Exhibition in 2012, I have not been involved in the making of art for several years. This was due to a family illness and personal loss. In 2017 I started making work again.


EXHIBITIONS AND FILM SHOWINGS

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2013

  • Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, England
  • Stockport Art Gallery, Stockport, England

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2018

  • Forms Assembled in the Light, Sunny Bank Mills Gallery, Leeds, England

2013

  • Ludlow Open, The Harley Centre, Ludlow College, Ludlow, England
  • Worcester Open, Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, Worcester, England

2012

  • John Moores Painting Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, England
  • Pop, Print and Stitch, Marburae Gallery, Macclesfield, England

2011

  • New York Art Fair, New York, USA
  • Los Angeles International Art Show, Los Angeles, USA
  • Micaela Gallery, San Francisco, USA
  • The Open West, Cheltenham, England
  • Open Exhibition, Runnymede Gallery, Windsor, England

2009

  • Outcasting, Cardiff, Wales

2008

  • Abstracta - International Abstract Cinema Exhibition, Rome, Italy
  • Shot By The Sea Film Festival, Hastings, England
  • Multichannel. ArtSway, Sway, England
  • Elysium Artspace, Swansea, Wales

2007

  • FourDocs, Channel 4 TV, London, England
  • Embryo, Manchester, England

2006

  • Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, England
  • Nunnery Gallery, London, England
  • Waiting Project, Arts for Health Cornwall, England
  • Sea Views 2, Blackpool, England
  • Camera Obscura, Sydney, Australia
  • Marziart Gallery, Hamburg, Germany
  • Max5 Film Festival, Cafe Gallery, London, England
  • The Walk Gallery, London, England
  • Flick Film Festival, Manchester, England

2005

  • Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, England
  • Prototype, New Museum of Contemporary Art, Norwich, England
  • Atkinson Gallery, Southport, England
  • Artists Harbour Gallery, Portsmouth, England

2004

  • Astley Hall Museum and Art Gallery, Chorley, England