David Rhys Jones trained at Central Saint Martins and has exhibited widely, including The V&A Museum, the Royal Academy of Arts and the Courtauld Institute. He was joint winner of the Jerwood Prize in 2010, and his work is held in many private and public collections, including the Tate (Artist’s Book Collection).
Based at Blackbird Studio in Lewes, East Sussex; David has a work space in a very old building (parts of it are late medieval) – layers of history are a recurring theme in his work as well as an interest in architecture.
The techniques that David uses to apply images to forms were developed whilst studying for his MA at Central Saint Martins. The images are printed using ceramic pigments and fired onto the ceramic surface at 800 degrees centigrade, making them light fast and permanent. This process is an updated version of transfer printing that goes back several hundred years – if you think of a blue willow pattern plate, the blue is just as vibrant as when first fired in the kiln. The same principal also applies to David’s work – it will look no different in a few hundred years time and who knows, may one day be discovered as archaeology!
Informed by journeys or site-specific locations; they are recorded using photography and drawings. The image becomes an object, a hybrid of sculpture and photography. The artworks record the experience of the location and also create a narrative of the walk.