Jonathan Baldock portrait, 2012 - Photo Credits Hugo Glendinning

Jonathan Baldock

United Kingdom 1980

Installation, Sculpture, Painting

Jonathan Baldock
Jonathan Baldock
United Kingdom
June 28, 2015
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Jonathan Baldock is a British artist, best known for his work where he combines painting, sculpture and installation, employing numerous mediums.

Background and Education

Jonathan Baldock was born in 1980 in Pembury, UK. He went to Winchester School of Arts in 2000 where he earned his BFA degree three years later. That same year in 2003, he went on to study at Royal College of Art in London where he received his MA degree in 2005. He continued his education in Maine, USA at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2007. The inspiration for his works comes from history, folklore and ritual, but there is also a glimpse of contemporary culture. He uses many different mediums when creating, including ceramics, bronze, paint and embroidery.

Jonathan Baldock, Fat Face Tells Porkies, But All Eyes are on Him, 2006
Jonathan Baldock – Fat Face Tells Porkies, But All Eyes are on Him, 2006

Style and Technique

Baldock’s sculptures are primarily busts. They could very easily be mistaken for marble or porcelain, whereas in fact, they are made of play-dough. Each piece is of course unique, but Baldock follows the same pattern. He first creates the head, lets it dry and then adds the details. His busts are influenced by classical Roman and Greek sculptures, as they perfectly capture the rigid poses of the ancient works of art. Baldock always starts by modeling a portrait with white male features, but it is the rich layering that contributes to the features peculiar to a certain gender or ethnic group.

Jonathan Baldock - Adriana, Lost For Words & Andromeda 2007 - Photo Credits Saatchi Gallery
Jonathan Baldock – Adriana, Lost For Words & Andromeda 2007

When creating, Baldock usually sets out with one idea, but as he progresses, he ends up with something entirely different. “The ideas evolve along the way so I would describe it as a pretty organic process.” The materials he uses when making his sculptures vary according to the country or city they are to be exhibited. As he says, they “pay homage to artistic heritage of the place.” While spending his time in China, he created white and blue porcelain pieces, honoring the origin of the said material. When he was in Prague, glass was incorporated in his sculptures, making reference to the well-known Bohemian Glass.

Jonathan Baldock - Mime, 2014
Jonathan Baldock – Mime, 2014

Jonathan Baldock has shown across Europe, the United States and Canada. He has received many awards including Abbey Fellowship at the British School in Rome and Swatch Art Hotel Peace Residency in Shanghai, China.

Jonathan currently lives and works in London.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Nicelle BeaucheneNew York, USASolo
2016Group ShowNorthern Gallery of Contemporary Arts (NGCA), Sunderland, UKGroup
2015SUCKERZ (with Emma Hart)L'Etrangere, London, UKDuo
2015Only the Lonely / Seuls les solitairesLa Galerie centre d’art contemporain, ParisGroup
2015A friend is only a human bodyNicelle Beauchene, New York, USAGroup
2015The Varieties - Dance First, Think LaterHarris Museum and Art Gallery, Preston, UKGroup
2014Notes from the OrificeVITRINE Gallery, London, UKSolo
2014The Soft MachineChapter Gallery, Cardiff, UKSolo
2014Warm Bodies (with Olga Balema)Kunstvereniging Diepenheim, NLDuo
2014Hot SpotsThe Apartment, Vancouver ,CanadaSolo
2014Multiple points in this crude landscapePrimary, Nottingham, UKSolo
2014Group ShowContemporary Art Society: Art in the Home, York, UKGroup
2014Protected SpaceBelmacz, London, UKGroup
2014Hey I’m Mr PoeticWysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UKGroup
2014Tokyo in the FallGerald Moore Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013A Strange cross between a Butcher's Shop and a NightclubWysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UKSolo
2013ARE YOU ALRIGHT? New Art From BritainMuseum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto, CanadaGroup
2013Two Figures in a LandscapeRockbund Art Museum, Shanghai, ChinaGroup
2013Relativity AbsoluteWysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UKGroup
2013SpaziApertiRomanian Academie, RomeGroup
2013Please Be QuietBritish School in Rome, RomeGroup
2013For Summer Is A Come Unto DayBelmacz, London, UKGroup
2013Implausible ImpostersCeri Hand Gallery, London, UKGroup
2013A Conspiracy of DetailMackintosh Museum, Glasgow, UKGroup
2013The GatheringMytoro Gallery, Hamburg, GermanyGroup
2013Jaakko Pallasvuo & Jonathan Baldock, Triple OGOne Thoresby Street, Nottingham, UKGroup
2012The Blue EpochColloredo-Mansfeldský Palác, AMoYA, Prague, CzechSolo
2012LondonTwelveCity Gallery, Prague, CzechGroup
2012The GatheringYukiko Kawase Galerie Contemporain, Paris, FranceGroup
2012Imagined Pasts and Unknown FuturesHigh House Gallery, Oxon, Oxford, UKGroup
2011MusicaAnnarumma Gallery, Naples, ItalySolo
2011PierrotPeregrineProgram, Chicago, USASolo
2011CondensationDanielle Arnaud Contemporary, London, UKGroup
2011ApocalypstikThe Nunnery, London, UKGroup
2011PileChapter Gallery, Cardiff, UK Group
2011Polemically SmallTorrance Art Museum, California, USAGroup
2011Group ShowMALLORCA Landings, MallorcaGroup
2011British Art NowArt Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, AustraliaGroup
2010The Fool’s FlipsideCell Projects, London, UKSolo
2010Boyfriend Material8 Egerton Garden Mews, London, UKGroup
2010Hierarchies of AllegianceThe Royal Standard, Liverpool, UKGroup
2010PileSurface Gallery, Nottingham, UKGroup
2010SV10Studio Voltaire, London, UKGroup
2010Negotiable Values501 Arts Space, Chongqing, ChinaGroup
2010NEWSPEAK; British Art NowSaatchi Gallery, London, UK Group
2009Memories and EncountersViafarini, Milan, ItalyGroup
2009NEWSPEAK; British Art NowHermitage Museum, St Petersburg, RussiaGroup
2009O / A Stiff New Speak: BandeauTricycle Arts Centre, Kilburn, London, UKGroup
2009Straylight CavernCell Project Space, London, UKGroup
2009Group Show TC OpenTurner Contemporary, Margate, UKGroup
2009Stranger Things are HappeningAspex Gallery, Portsmouth, UKGroup
2008EnnuiBacklit Studios, Nottingham, UKSolo
2008H.EThe Fine Art Society, London, UKSolo
2008Straylight CavernCooper Gallery, Duncan & Jordanstone School of Art, Dundee, Scotland Group
2008From Panic to PowerAngstrom Gallery, Los Angeles, USAGroup
2008The Brotherhood of SubterreaneaKunstbunker Nuremberg, GermanyGroup
2008WassailCell Project Space, London, UKGroup
2007Lady HolicRod Barton Invites, London, UKGroup
2007Group ShowW.S. Bartletts, London, UKGroup
2007Frou Frou Foxes in Midsummer FiresColony Gallery, Birmingham, UKGroup
2006First, Last and AlwaysAxis Arts Centre Dublin, IrelandGroup
2006Through The Large GlassThree Colts Gallery London, UKGroup
2006World Cup39, London, UKGroup
2006Baroque My WorldTransition Gallery, London, UKGroup
2006Milk Before TeaTara Bryan Gallery, London, UKGroup
2006Hollow SalonHollow Contemporary, London, UKGroup
2005All At Once, Together, At the Same TimeColony Gallery, Birmingham, UKGroup
2005Group ShowLondon, UKGroup
2005Invasion’s Of PiquancyKenny Schacter ROVE, London, UKGroup
2005SV05Studio Voltaire, London, UKGroup
2005Painting MA showRCA, Kensington Gore, London, UKGroup
2005RedundancyAspex Gallery, Portsmouth, Hants, UKGroup
2005Shabu Frabu, 007Hollybush Gardens, London, UKGroup