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Jonathan Michael Ray

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Degree: MFA Fine Art Media
University: Slade School of Fine Art, London
Graduation Year: 2016

New Blood Art Statement

Jonathan completed a BA Hons in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and subsequently an MFA in Fine Art Media at Slade School of Fine Art, London. He was artist in residence at HKBU, Hong Kong, in 2016 and he has this year been awarded the Porthmeor Studios Graduate Workspace Award supported by the European Regional Development Fund, via Cultivator, 2018-19.

Artist Statement

Informed by the act of looking, my art practice largely comprises of works in video, photography, installation, print and drawing. The work I make has always been contingent upon, and deeply linked to my surroundings, and I am continuously referencing the landscape, history and environment around me. Surfaces often form the focus of my images and installations, as well as looking at what lies directly behind or beneath them, and then through these works I attempt to create or piece together my own narrative or understanding of them. I see all objects, environments and places as imbued with memory and time, but I’m especially drawn to those that seem to have lost their exact meaning because they are no longer able to communicate it or we simply are no longer able to read it. I’m interested in looking beyond what we look for when we look. By breaking down the process by which we see things, and addressing the things that remain unseen. I like to think if I take the time to look at everything equally, and indeed more so at the things that don’t seem to deserve our attention, then I will discover the connections between all things, and more.

Exhibitions

Jonathan studied a BA Hons in Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University and subsequently an MFA in Fine Art Media at Slade School of Fine Art, London. He was artist in residence at HKBU, Hong Kong, in 2016 and he has been this year been awarded the Porthmeor Studios Graduate Workspace Award supported by the European Regional Development Fund, via Cultivator, 2018-19.

2018, It sounds like it weighs a ton - Garden Walk, London, UK
2017, Beneath and Between - White Crypt Gallery, London, UK
2017, Material Light – Kochi Biennial, India
2016, Clifford Chance Postgraduate Printmaking Exhibition – Clifford Chance, London, UK
2016, White Cube Staff Show – White Cube Gallery, London, UK
2016, Peckham Arts Festival
2016 – SE15, London, UK 2016, Floating Worlds – Safehouse1, London, UK
2016, A Cave With A View – Charlton Gallery, London, UK
2016, Making Do – Slade School of Fine Art UCL, UK
2016, Slade MA / MFA Graduate Degree Show – Slade School of Fine Art UCL, UK
2016, Small Press Project Book Exhibition, UCL North Lodge, UK
2015, Imagine, Londonewcastle Arts Program, London, UK
2015, Interim Show 2015, UCL, Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK
2014, Nuit Blanche - Fête d’art forain contemporain, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, Canada
2013, Le Studio Show, Galerie Bifurski, Montréal, Canada
2012, Topographie, Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, Canada
2011, Summit generation d’idees - MASSIVart, Palais Des Congres, Montréal, Canada
2011, Soyons realistes, croyons en l’impossible - Galerie Les Territoires, Montréal, Canada
2009, Mundane - Pop-up Gallery, Nottingham, UK
2008, Tether Festival - Tether Studios, Nottingham, UK
2007, Fine Art Show
2007 - Nottingham Trent University, UK

Original works:

Just Another Layer of Death on...

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Just Another Layer of Death on...

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Beneath the Surface II

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Like a Memory Fading into the ...

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Like a Memory Fading into the ...

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Beneath the Surface III

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Like a Memory Fading into the ...

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Slowing Down the Light #02

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Slowing Down the Light #03

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Beneath the Surface I

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Just Another Layer of Death on...

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Throughout VIII

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Slowing Down the Light #05

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Slowing Down the Light #11

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Throughout I

By Jonathan Michael Ray

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Throughout III

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Throughout V

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Throughout VII

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Throughout XI

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