Jonathan Gabb is an artist based in New Cross, London who has been exploring the idea of paint as object since graduating from Cass school of art at London Metropolitan University in 2008. Winner of the WW Solo award 2012, Jonathan Gabb has had his first solo exhibition at the WW Gallery in January 2013. He has participated in a number of group exhibitions at the Islington Arts Factory, the Royal College of Art and took part in a residency at the College of Art, Zagreb, culminating in a show at the Gallery Miroslav Kraljevic.
Jonathan Gabb explores the transformative possibilities of paint. The layers of paint are plasticized and cast, preserving their liquid qualities, while allowing new applications, new possibilities to be imagined.
The hanging works are investigations of the sculptural possibilities of paint as a medium. The threads or ribbons of paint evoke a fluid painterly quality, interacting with the enclosing volume, and promoting interaction with the viewer.
They are extreme workings of the plasticity of the acrylic medium. The sculptures are on the edge of the paints purpose; the invented practice is non-idealistic and as such the material’s function re-interprets itself.
The very act of making positive cast of paint, manipulating when dry and then cutting into threads repeatedly reverses the typically perceived “easy quality” of lyrical abstract painting through an industrious method, yet at the end of it they retain and reiterate a painterly quality. …Read More
The Cass School of Art, London Metropolitan University, Fine Art, BA (First Class) Honours