Jonathan Kearney artist


4 forthcoming exhibitions
Sept 08 - details of plans for shows in London and Brazil

July 08 - exhibition as part of large arts festival Includes new experimental work

Apr 08 - teaching in Romania

Hong Kong
Feb-Mar 08 - art in residence in Hong Kong

Indian Conference
Jan 08 - City to City conference in Hyderabad

HIV/Aids in China
Dec 07 - exhibition and education in South West China

Huge mural
Sept-Oct 07 - a 110 metre outdoor mural completed at a school

Aug 07 - Jonathan starts working as assistant to large research project

Dental Work
Aug 07 - Jonathan's work is installed at a dental practice

Tansitional Era
July 07 - Jonathan curates show of some the latest Chinese art

Liverpool & Shanghai
July 07 - the ongoing connections go on

Wiseman Village
June 07 - joint exhibtion in unusual setting, China

May 07 - 3 lectures at 3 Chinese universities

May-June 07 - Jonathan is involved in redisgning TCG Nordica

Apr 07 - Jonathan joins 30 Chinese artists for Beijing show

Liverpool & Shanghai
March 07 - more virtual (but real) connections

Artist book
Feb 07 - Chinese art book includes a foreigner for 1st time

Dream & Reality
Jan 07 - exhibition of 2 Chinese artists curated by Jonathan

Chun Qunjie
Oct 06 - retrospective exhibition curated by Jonathan

Sensory Material
Sept 06 - work selected for prestigious exhibition

Shanghai Biennial
Sept 06 - Jonathan is part of a Liverpool exhibition in twin city Shanghai

Contagious Love
Sept 06 - Jonathan curates show with 35 Chinese artists

Gallery Director/Curator
Aug 06 - new role at Sino-Scandanavian gallery in China

WAVE exhibition, London & Seoul
July-Oct 06 - a group exhibition in Britian & Korea

April-May 06 - huge solo exhibition

Colour Play, Shanghai
Mar 06 - joint exhibition with Australian artist


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seven 柒 - solo exhibition

Apr-June. 2006 - this is Jonathan's largest solo exhibition to date. Held in the vast, old factory space of TC/G Nordica Gallery, this exhibition includes some very large work.

4 metres high

7 pieces of work are actually 4 metres high and had to be lowered from Jonathan's 8th floor studio space with rope as they didn't fit down the stairs. The exhibition includes 27 paintings, 6 prints, a large installation and glue films projected onto a 3 metre screen, a 3 dimensional screen and the 8 metre high ceiling.

Below is artist statement from this exhibition, click here to read it in Chinese:

'Seven', the title of this exhibition, refers to a reference found in the Bible to the 'seven spirits of God' (Revelation chapter 4 verse 5). On first reading, the concept of 'seven spirits' appears to be a strange idea. However, when you consider that white light is made from seven colours, like a rainbow, or a spectrum of refracted light, the image suggests a greater richness and depth. The vision being described is not some future event but a current reality, maybe time, flow and movement are different but none the less it is a reality that intersects our own time and space, as a foretaste of a renewed creation.

Jonathan Kearney is a British artist who lives and works in Kunming. He and his family have been living here for 2 years and are attempting to learn the language.

Jonathan mainly uses white glue and acrylic paint. This is poured over canvas surfaces. Jonathan's influence over the flow during the long periods of pouring and drying is the area that he has found the most fascinating. Films, canvases and prints are often made, capturing the amazing details and moments in time that Jonathan observes. Bringing these moments 'into the light' is part of the motivation for this and his other recent exhibitions.

This exhibition is a development of this work with a Chinese influence being revealed. Large canvases sit alongside prints, films and a large installation, to create 'another world'. The observation of time and our interaction with it's flow, are explored in images that speak of joy, improvisation, wonder, contingency and an eternal aspect that provides a different perspective.

Jonathan has exhibited extensively over the past 12 years. This will be his third exhibition in China, after successfully exhibiting in Beijing and Shanghai.

As well as his work in the studio and studying Chinese, Jonathan is also a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts, London. He uses the internet, chat and video conferencing technologies to teach while living in China. He also lectures at the Central Academy of Fine of Fine Arts, Beijing. Currently Jonathan works as curating consultant for TCG/Nordica and as artistic consultant to a Beijing based art education company. He is also working as a researcher for an art project connecting the twin cities of Liverpool and Shanghai. Previously he helped run the innovative, artist run space, 'House Gallery' in London for 6 years.

seven 柒
400cm x 30cm x7
PVA glue, acrylic, canvas

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画展的主题:“柒”来自圣经中“神 的七灵”(启示录第四章第五节)。 初读的时候,七灵给人一种奇怪的感 觉...