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We are launching a new online shop which will feature different exhibitions throughout the year. The first show, “Lockdown Journeys”, new drawings from 2020 / 21, will run from 29 October to 5 December.

The Glass Palace

The Glass Palace. Mixed media on paper, 68.5 x 101.5 cm (27 x 40 ins), 2021

Lockdown and the show Japan – Water, which I took part in at the Groundwork Gallery in King’s Lynn in 2021, are behind most of the drawings. They are domestic in scale yet international in reference.

Most of my research has been in my imagination. The imagination is very environmentally friendly. Working for the Japan show and responding to it afterwards, I have been to Japan many times, all without carbon emissions. The locked-down world was much larger. For me there was relief in living in the mind again, and imagining a bigger cleaner world.

I walk some mornings on Glasgow Green. It is always good to walk – and a walk often forms the basis of a picture. It can connect to other walks in my imagination, even ones I didn’t make but someone else did. Like Rousseau, walking from Paris to Geneva. Or Basho, walking north. I would like to walk all the way to Japan. Maybe I should try? Meanwhile, I walk on Glasgow Green and walk around my studio and travel to Japan in my head.

Hokusai has become a friend. I look at his pictures every day. They are postcards from places which I will never visit. Re-employing my imagination to supply colour, incident, passion, encounter.

Something of Japan – Japanese water – has come to Glasgow and flows through my drawings of Glasgow Green.

Other remembered or dreamed landscapes are there as substitutes for the real thing. I cut down on my travel – and make something which still takes me there.


Groundwork Gallery presents Japan/Water
Lisa Keiko-Kirton, Jonathan Meuli, Isao Miura, Nana Shiomi, Hakan Topal
Online preview with the artists on YouTube at 7:30 pm Thurs 1st April (remaining online thereafter for viewing at any time).
The gallery will be open 14th April to 31st July, Weds to Sat, 11-4

Assembly Online are kindly hosting our next preview event on 1st April

Join us at Assembly Online on Thursday April 1st at 7.30 pm GMT for our on-line preview of the next GroundWork Gallery exhibition: Japan Water. This will be a chance to meet some of the artists and get a glimpse of their work before the exhibition opens to the public.
  Here is a link to join the event at 7.30 PM GMT on Thursday 1st April: GroundWork Gallery’s Spring exhibition, Japan Water tackles each aspect of the subject of water, from purity to pollution, from calm to turbulence.  Five artists take us on a journey into the significance of water in Japanese art and culture, its importance for Japan’s economy and indeed its survival.

Tea, sake, rice, fish, handmade paper, hot baths: so many keystones of the Japanese way of life depend on a supply of pure, clean water.  And yet, water is everywhere under attack.

From the acid rain pollution of the 1970s, to the Fukushima disasters of 2011, the effects on Japan’s pure waters have been especially disruptive and deep-seated. This exhibition will show and discuss some of the ideals, the poetry, the power of water in Japan, and what we can learn from it.  Artists are: Lisa Keiko-Kirton, Jonathan Meuli, Isao Miura, Nana Shiomi, Hakan Topal, with designer, Shizuka Tatsuno Some more dates:

The exhibition will open from April 14 -July 31, Wed-Sat, 11-4

Isao Miura will be joining one of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures (SISJAC) Third Thursday events on April 15th, details to be announced.

We will have 2 online conferences, on The Purity of Water on May 21st  and on the Power of Water on June 25th.  Keep an eye on the website for further details, which will also follow in next mailing.
  Images from top: Nana Shiomi: ‘Eternal Gaze, Waves’, woodcut; Nana Shiomi: ‘A Room on the Other Shore, Lightning’, woodcut; Lisa Keiko Kirton, ‘Painting F’, mixed media; Isao Miura, two paintings from ‘Rice Paddy’ series;  Jonathan Meuli, ‘The Great Wave’, variations; Hakan Topal, ‘Man, Woman’, photographs from Fukushima Copyright © 2021 Groundwork Gallery, All rights reserved.
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2019-2020 – Ongoing series. Titles t.b.c. Mixed media – 22x30ins on 300lb HP Fabriano: 28x39ins on Fabriano or acid-free card.


2019 watercolour / wax / ink / crayon / pastel on paper. Most on Fabriano 300lb HP. Large works on Fabriano or acid-free card.


Working title for an ongoing series. All works illustrated: mixed media on large sheets of Fabriano 300lb HP paper, 22x30ins. Media include watercolour, ink, charcoal, pencil, pastel, wax. Themes include Precambrian geology – layers – foldings – geological maps with colour keys – sedimentation – verticality – lack of cellular life.

Torridon study #9 – high resolution image


Working title for an ongoing series. Themes include evolution of forms, clusters, unknown biomes, paint gardens: paint marks evolving and grouping as organisms. Individual paintings are not yet titled. All are oil on canvas, 1 metre square.


Images from 2019. All but one were painted for a small exhibition Icons for Atheists at Loughborough University curated by Phillip Lindley: for more detail and installation shots click here

Approaches to Abstraction

Exhibition at Wolfson College, Cambridge

19 January to 17 March 2019

Open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays
15.00-17.00 in the Combination Room

Wolfson College, Barton Road,
Cambridge CB3 9BB

Admission free

An exhibition of work from the 1980s to the present, tracing the development of abstraction in my work. Curated by Phillip Lindley. A catalogue is available: click here for details.

Wolfson College Fine Arts


RE:SEARCH at the Glasgow Science Festival 2018

6th June to 6th July 2018

RE:SEARCH – a conversation between Art and Science is an exhibition by painters Jonathan Meuli and John Robertson and ceramicist Jonathan Wade. All three artists are near neighbours in the WASPS Hanson Street Studios in Glasgow. The show will run in two Wasps gallery venues: The Briggait, (141 Bridgegate, Glasgow G1 5HZ) and South Block, (60-64 Osborne Street, Glasgow G1 5QH). During the Science Festival there will be a complementary series of events – a play workshop, and talks and discussion sessions featuring contributions by the artists and by Professors Paul Soler and Aidan Robson of the University of Glasgow and CERN.

Full details are at the Glasgow Science Festival website where you can also book (all events are free).

You can click here to download the RE SEARCH web brochure and events list

I think it will be a really interesting show. John Robertson has produced some magnificent large scale works in acrylic: highly expressive motifs and gestures are thrown down onto the paper or board and almost endlessly repeated and varied, but always retain their shape. They represent Energy itself – in different states – and also the attempts of the artist to locate himself as viewer of what he himself is performing (and so cannot view?).

Jonathan Wade is also producing new large scale ceramic pieces specifically for the show – investigating deep texture, materiality on this and other worlds, and  ideas of permanence, transience, coincidence and intervention. The arrival of an exploratory space mission on Comet Comet 67P / Churyumov-Gerasimenko becomes, for this show, a respository of symbolic meaning about the interaction of the natural and the created.

Jonathan Meuli has been working for the last four years on large abstract pieces which have a metaphorical connection with contemporary scientific research. His latest piece, The Great Wave, 3 was finished in April. None of his pieces in this exhibition have been shown before.

Click here to read a longer essay on Art and Science in relation to Jonathan Meuli’s painting and see some more images




Images from 2016 / 2017. Click here to read about them (links to an essay on another website).