Born 1964, England.

Jonathan Ellery’s clarity of thought and the concise arrangement of his ideas resonate through all areas of his art practice. He playfully works across a wide range of media from sculpture to performance, film to photography. The medium of book art is also central to his work, moulding paper, fonts and images as he would any other medium, to create tactile, hand numbered, objects of art.

The foundation for Ellery’s conceptual approach is the commonplace concerns of life, that of memories, his childhood, his relationship with women, his family, with politics and more recently with religion, which on first glance appear disguised in a seemingly surreal, minimalist aesthetic.

The concept of his work is constant while the materials come and go, from traditional Portland stone and machined brass to digital technology and sound, from spun aluminium and cast iron to photography. The notion of sequence and of a gentle, unfolding narrative is at the core of his art, enforcing a distinctive Ellery language that offers each work as one part of a continuous and burgeoning series, strengthened by its succession. The deceptive simplicity of the work is informed by Ellery’s awareness of the absurd, a delight in constructing certain orders and exploring the tensions between them; a church next to the Twin Towers, a church next to Ground Zero, a golden bull next to St Paul’s Cathedral, a giant cock ring next to a man of the cloth. These frictional couplings are used as tools to address the questions of daily life, forcing the viewer to build an imaginative construction of meaning.

Jonathan Ellery lives above his studio in Bermondsey, London.

 

 

 

Solo Exhibitions/

2013
The Hen House
Londonewcastle Project Space
London

2011
The Human Condition
Londonewcastle Project Space
London

2009
Ellery’s Theory of Neo-conservative Creationism
Wapping Project
London

2008
Constance
A Performance
Wapping Project
London

2007
Unrest
Wapping Project
London

2005
136 Points of Reference
Roth Gallery
New York

 

 

 

Solo Publications/

2016
Tribes 1
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780992819439

2014
Religious Symbols
London Garden Birds
Numbers
Sexual Predators
Political Symbols
Browns Editions

ISBN 9780992819408

2013
The Hen House
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780956532473

2010
The Human Condition
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780956532411

2010
Worldly Cares and Love Affairs
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780956532435

2009
Ellery’s Theory of Neo-conservative Creationism
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780955076763

2009
Ellery’s Theory of Neo-conservative Creationism
A Catalogue

Browns Editions
ISBN 9780955076787

2008
Constance
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780955076232

2007
In and Out
Browns Editions
ISBN 9780955076725

2007
Works in Brass
Browns Editions
ISBN 955076714

2006
87 Ellery
Browns Editions
ISBN 955076706

2005
136 Points of Reference
Browns Editions
ISBN 953373088