David Rhys Jones is a mixed-media artist who explores cultural and architectural diversity in the modern-day metropolis. Venturing through urban landscapes, David documents the pathways left behind by generations of occupants. Along the way, the artist collects memories and objects that he transforms and instils with new meaning.
David studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design (2004-6). The artist draws his inspiration from journeys, site-specific locations, and collected artefacts which are researched and recorded using photography, drawings and sculptures. This reference material becomes a hybrid of sculpture and image, creating a narrative for the viewer to explore. For example, in abstract composition Venice. When working with photography, David often uses ceramics as a conduit, positing an extra sculptural dimension and transforming his photographs into shiny cameo-like objects. For his installations such as Louis, David interlocks an assembly of images in free-standing sculptural forms.
David has exhibited widely, including at The V&A Museum and the Royal Academy of Arts (both London), and was joint-winner of the Jerwood Prize in 2010. His work is held nationally in private and public collections, including the Tate and London Spitalfields Market. You can also find his installations in the Culture-Bound East Wing Collection VII at the Courtauld Institute of Art, Somerset House, London.