After many years teaching, writing and curating contemporary art, Jon Bird returned to art making via the one-year programme at the Royal Drawing School. Since 2007, he has combined drawing, painting, photography and object-making with curatorial and writing projects. Subject matter derives from a focus upon landscape as a mental and material cartography of the forms, patterns and textures of the natural world, particularly mountains, rocks, trees, water and, currently, notions of ‘deep time’ and extra-terrestrial objects: meteors and asteroids. Drawing predominates: charcoal, graphite, pen and inks, collage, on a range of surfaces – paper, card, vellum, khadi paper. Paintings are oil on canvas or gesso board.
Jon Bird lives and works in London.
Graduated in Sculpture, Central School of Art & Design (1967); MA Sculpture, Chelsea School of Art (1968); PhD research, University College, London (1975-78); Royal Drawing School, London (2006-07).
Taught at Middlesex University, London (1982-2017), Emeritus Professor of Art and Critical Theory; Royal College of Art, London (1993-99); Jan van Eyck Akademie, Maastricht (1997-2001).
Selected exhibitions (since 2007)
|2021||The Drawing Biennial, The Drawing Room, London|
|2020||Royal Academy Summer/Winter Exhibition|
|2019||‘Art on a Postcard’, WeWork, London|
|Royal Academy Summer Exhibition|
|The Drawing Works, London Art Fair|
|2018||The Drawing Works, London Art Fair|
|2016||‘Land-Marks’, Ply Gallery, Hornsey Town Hall, London (solo)|
|‘The Drawing Works’, Camden Image Gallery, London (group)|
|2013||Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, New York (solo)|
|2011||‘Refractions’, Sideshow Gallery, Williamsburg, New York (2-person)|
|2010||‘Water’, C2 Gallery, Milton Keynes (group)|
|2007||Royal Drawing School/Tea Building, London (group)|