Jonathan Ridge

Location: London
Website: jridgeart.com
Bio:

<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Firstly, my work continually, but gradually, shifts in theme and purpose.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">My paintings typically deal in implication and suggestion.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Through construction and erosion of form, and the layered atmospheres I paint,I leave a trail of possible signifiers, abandoned in the painting process, as soon as these forms become too apparent.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Often through many layers of paint, my work seeks to negotiate a subtle &quot;boundary dispute&quot; between the abstract and the figurative.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">The work is as much about applying the paint, and the &quot;paint as object&quot;, as the gradually evolved and corrupted forms of depiction on it. the tension in the on-going interplay, between surface, and the subject, interests me most.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">The juxtaposition of the two often exclusive approaches, I see as an echo of the point at which one's conscious self, meets one's unconscious self.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Particularly in my latter pieces, landscape is a reference point, but physical landscape is only really alluded to.
They are more accurately &quot;landscaping the spirit&quot;; similtaineously referencing natural phenomena, whilst commenting on one's place amongst it.

Exhibitions:

<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;New Works&quot; Canary Wharf, Windows Gallery, May 2010.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;Future Form&quot; (group show) Trafalgar Hotel, Trafalgar Square, February-May 2010.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;Fresh Cream&quot; (nationwide selected graduate group show) Opus Gallery, Newcastle, Sept 2009.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">BA Fine Art Degree Show, Chelsea College Of Art, June 2009.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">&quot;Primary&quot; The Art House, london SE1, March 2008.
<p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-right: 0px; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 0px; ">Untitled (group show) The Fleapit, Columbia Road, London, Nov 2007.
&quot;Paperworks&quot; (group show) RK Burt Gallery, London, April 2007.