Jonathan Huxley British, b. 1965

British artist Jonathan Huxley received his BA Hons in Fine Art from Trent Polytechnic, Nottingham, 1987-1989, before completing his Diploma at the Royal Academy of Art, London, 1989-1992.

 

His works have been exhibited in the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2015 and 2017, and at the Royal Academy Exhibition in 2009. He has been an artist educator at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, since 2011.  In 1993 Huxley was awarded the RA Young Master's Prize and was the subject of the Channel 4 documentary 'Behind the Eye'.

 

A lot of Huxley’s work revolves around memory, in particular his lack of it. He explains that “time has [been] distorted and blurred” in many of his memories, leading him to “speculate on the missing bits and in short – make up stories” through his art. This in turn has resulted in an on-going series of works exploring memory, entitled ‘A Boy’s Own Story’.

 

A large majority of Huxley’s works, beginning in 1998, feature the repetitive use of anonymous figures viewed from above or from an aeriel perspective. Illusions of human figures in motion. He refers to these works as his Figurescapes, explaining that they are an antidote to memory, and the antithesis of ‘A Boy’s Own Story’;

 

“When I don’t wish to remember anything and want to exist entirely in the present, then the Figurescapes are a retreat from the past…These are not necessarily actual people, just the murky ghosts that we see when we’ve not had enough sleep”.

 

Huxley suffers from a particular eye condition that makes him very light sensitive. A condition, which he explains has greatly influenced his approach to creating art. He has produced a number of works in the dark using fluorescent paints, and ultraviolet lighting. “Work made in darkness to be seen in darkness”, a technique which he claims helps to distil his memories. The lack of visual distraction allowing for “the tiniest visual memories” to flood into his mind.