JONATHON COLEMAN, MA
Artist working in London, UK
Born 1970 HOLT, NORFOLK, UK
Educated at Goldsmiths College, University of London, 1992
and Norwich School of Art 1994
Classical meets Modernism: The 1930s & 40s in Bas and Alto Relievio panels.
Lalique ‘Bachantes’ Vase, (1927)
Jonathon Coleman works with modelled clay or wax which is then moulded and cast into various materials including crystal glass, bronze, plaster and Jesmonite to create figurative friezes for use within architectural spaces. His piece ‘Eve and Eve’ was commissioned by the Groucho Club in London where he also made the bronze sculpture ‘DUCK’ (based on the idea of the club motif) and given at the inauguration ceremony for the most significant creative person that year – The Groucho Maverick Award in 2010. (Gavin Turk made the award for 2011)
Nell Gifford and Janet Street-Porter holding the Groucho Maverick Award 2010
Jonathon Coleman has exhibited his paintings at the Hoppen Gallery in Knightsbridge, London and at the Royal Academy of Arts in London.
Since producing the painted images of The Dance Line, Jonathon has produced work in three dimensions largely based on the same female body motif inspired by the work of Ancient Egypt, a sense of a Classical narrative, Matisse and Modigliani.
These female figures are representative of all of us whether male, female, able bodied or less abled, black, brown or white, and within the panels, the individual figures holistically unite. The work is about relationship and compositionally they all touch, either visually or physically at some point and connect as a whole to reinforce this connection.
The friezes reference narrative classical elements of, for example, the Greek Parthenon Frieze and the Roman Emperor Hadrian’s Column in their capturing of a snapshot in time and narrative story-telling with a contemporary use of a more abstracted curved line and fluid shape reminiscent of Modernist artists such as Modigliani.
Jonathon Coleman studied Fine Art and Art History at Goldsmith’s College, University of London graduating in 1991. During this period of study he earned his Certificate in Anatomy and Human Dissection (First Class) at the Slade School of Art and worked in The University College of London Hospital. His work predominantly explores form, line and shape, following and building on the tradition of working from the human figure.
At Goldsmiths’, and later while working at the Royal Academy of Arts, he met Sir Eduardo Paolozzi and Dame Elizabeth Frink both of whom inspired him to combine the observed figure with abstraction, and understand essential humanity within the work and he went on to work with Liz Frink at her studio in Blandford Forum, Dorset, UK.
Jonathon Coleman studied at the Norwich School of Art and completed his Masters 1994. He has taught and lectured at various Schools and Colleges in the UK, including St Pauls Girls, and the University of Kent and has worked with individual students to prepare portfolio’s for Art School.
Jonathon Coleman works from his studio in London.
His work ranges from internal and external friezes and panels for buildings, internal individual relief panels in private and public spaces in London, and commissions abroad in Europe and America.