FISH BONE one-person exhibition: recent works by Jonathan Gibbs at the Open Eye Gallery

Jonathan Gibbs (Artist)

Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


This exhibition comprised of forty-two new works: drawings, paintings, prints, and designs. A set of twelve drawings in coloured pencil were the centre-piece, framed and displayed in grid format. These images explore elemental and geometric forms, designs and motifs. Each was an improvised image, drawn on paper taped to a plaster wall and completed in a day. The set, entitled Polymnia, expresses the notion of an island, either real or a construct; the elements of sea and coast; time and tide. Corresponding to this set of imagery was a group of watercolours, from the starting-point of Threshold - a pictured landscape and building in miniature, as seen through a prism or cubistic device; fragmented and reflected. Again, these watercolours express a sense of place; particularly marsh-land and agricultural fields, which are set against the controlled elements of human habitation in opposition to wildness and elemental chaos.
The drawings and watercolours were complemented by a selection of recent
wood engravings. These included Sturgeon and New Zealand Little Bittern, in response to Ceri Levy's Ghosts of Gone Birds. Also, As I was going up the Stair, commissioned by Simon Lewin for Random Spectacular magazine.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sep 2013


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