Jonathan Gibbs: Paintings, Drawings and Wood Engravings

10th January to 3rd February

Jonathan Gibbs: Paintings, Drawings and Wood Engravings

The Open Eye Gallery opens the year with an exhibition of paintings, drawings and wood engravings by Edinburgh College of Art Programme Director of Illustration, Jonathan Gibbs.

Gibbs will exhibit a series of paintings in which he depicts form and space with allusions to landscape and objects. These symbolic paintings employ overlapping structures, planes and ambiguities of space to create particular harmonies. Alongside the paintings, Gibbs’ new wood engravings present representational imagery with a more graphic sensibility. Pattern, line and shape are used to depict forms in nature, as well as interior compositions and variations of the still life. Gibbs was born in 1953 and studied at the Lowestoft School of Art, London, and the Slade School of Art, London. Gibbs took the Cheltenham Painting Fellowship in 1978 and has since been an art college lecturer. He taught at the Gloucestershire College of Arts and Technology, Bath College of Higher Education, and the University of Middlesex as a part-time lecturer until 1990, at which time he was appointed lecturer at Edinburgh College of Art.

Gibbs’ work has been selected for the John Moores Exhibition, Liverpool, the Royal Academy, London, the Hayward Gallery, London, Royal Scottish Academy and the Scottish Gallery of Modern Art. Gibbs has illustrated the Collected Poems of Robert Frost for the Folio Society, London, and has made additional book designs and illustrations for Faber & Faber, Penguin, Picador and Random House. His works have been purchased by the UK Government Art Collection; the Arts Council of Great Britain; the Scottish Arts Council, Leicestershire, Suffolk, Loudoun and Kilmarnock Councils; and private collections in the UK, USA, Singapore and Hong Kong.

A collection of works from selected ECA Alumni taught by Jonathan will be showcased alongside.