Jon Doran graduated from Falmouth in 2014 and has since exhibited in Cornwall and London. His first showing at Hybrid takes place this year.
Jon Doran explores the duality of a painting; of engaging with the subject, the flowers, vase or bowl and then also seeing the substance, the shapes, colour and paint.
His subjects are archetypal classical subjects; still life, portrait, landscape and figures in landscape which he re-articulates through a digitally influenced, fragmented approach. He has a process of rendering and then obscuring, working and then destroying and reworking again, until a charged point of in-betweenness is found. In this way he encourages the eye to believe in the play of light on form to see a subject and then to break it down and simply see the brushstrokes of paint.
Jon says, “the aim is to hopefully make work that is successful on two levels, the visual and the philosophical; I want to make work that is both interesting to look at and think about… Some paintings of history seem to have the ability of going beyond mere technicalities but have a transcendent quality to them... it's an aim that my strivings can do the same.”