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.
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
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
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.
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).
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.
Images from 2016 / 2017. Click here to read about them (links to an essay on another website).
From 2017, on the theme of particle collisions, following a conversation with Paul Soler. All are watercolour/ink/crayon on paper. Click here to read more (link an essay on another website).
Works from 2016. Click here to read about them (links to an essay on another website).