Artist profile: Agnes Jones, Blacksmith and Illustrator

Agnes is a talented emerging artist whose work is gaining in recognition and reputation. Agnes takes a delicate, intricate pencil drawing and using the concept of the continuous line juxtaposes it with the rigid hard metal that she forges into functional and sculptural pieces. The heat and brute force applied to the steel contrasts with the dancing elegant patterns, dainty images and delicates swirls and curls.

Agnes says of her process ‘ scaling up sketches into wire work and then into large metal work helps to retain the exciting feel and energy of my original drawings leading to the surprise of finding a drawing in metal which also has a function. Each piece has a character brought out by the use of a single line running through the piece’.

Agnes works to commission creating site specific pieces that interact with the history of the site, responding to the layout and the architecture, the shapes, the movement, the atmosphere of the place.

Key Facts

  • Member of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths
  • Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
  • Graduated from
  • Hothouse – Crafts Council and New Creative Markets – Cockpit Arts
  • University of Brighton BA – Wood, Metal, Ceramics and Plastics 2.1
  • Shortlisted for the Perrier Jouet Belle Epoque Prize 2014

Exhibitions and Commissions

  • ‘Leaving Home’ Contemporary Applied Arts
  • ‘Unravelling the Trust’ for the National Trust at Uppark
  • ‘Natural Flux Bonsai’ Brick Lane
  • ‘One Year On’ New Designers
  • Mixed Show for ‘The Claremont Hotel’, Brighton
  • Mixed Exhibtion for Cafe KussKuss, Berlin

Agnes is currently working on a commission for Linden Homes at St. Clements, Mile End as part of the public art strategy developed by Alison Turnbull Associates.

Notes:

Polly Harknett, commissioner for the National Trust said of Agnes that ‘she was able to adapt her ideas to produce the sculptural pieces ‘Lo and Euthenia’ for Uppark National Trust Property in West Sussex. The work was subsequently purchased by the National Trust for their permanent collection, which is testament to the quality of making and concept behind the work’.

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