Artist Residency - Jonny McEwen
It’s always a treat to have something different happening at BPW and there’s lots to be said for what the ‘new to print’ can bring to the medium, not knowing the rules makes them easier to break and the results can be beautiful! Our current ‘Visit Print’ Artist in Residence is Jonny McEwen, who’s using time in the workshop to collaborate with BPW and Prism Print International member Karen Daye-Hutchinson.
Over March and April, the pair will work on a new series of pieces in print - when they’re finished we’re hoping to have them give an short talk about the experience of working together, so watch this space!
Jonny had this to say about the project;
During my MFA studies, my practice developed from painting to include digital expressions, including generative code driven works and video. Since then, I have been keen to continue developing my practice through experimentation and collaboration. This Residency is a chance to work collaboratively with Karen Daye-Hutchinson, exploring a range of printmaking techniques, while interrogating a joint aesthetic that pushes us outside of our creative comfort zones;
we are collaborating
we are establishing the rules
we are learning to disagree
we are finding a voice
we are stumbling confidently
we are messing up
we are creating something
Jonny McEwen was born in Enniskillen in 1966, he began painting in 1986 and first exhibited in 1991. A Graduate of the Art College in Belfast, Jonny comes from a background in painting, and now works in a multi-disciplinary way, including working with video and code, producing code driven, digital works with a painterly aesthetic.
Jonny was to founder and Creative Director of Thinkbucket, a group of creative’s that sought to engage creatively in Community relations and peace-building. He was also a founding member of the Ikon and Vault Creative collectives. He is currently based at his studio in the Vault, in east Belfast. His work is part of several public collections and he has exhibited widely in the UK and Ireland.