Jonathan Parsons


Jonathan Parsons has exhibited widely in the UK and the USA since his first solo show in London with Richard Salmon Gallery in 1996. His work has been included in seminal group exhibitions such as Sensation: Young British Artists from the Saatchi Collection (Royal Academy, 1997) and British Art Show 5 (Hayward Gallery, 2001). Recent exhibitions include Mind the Map (London Transport Museum, 2012), Meanwhile (John Hansard Gallery, University of Southampton, 2012) and the solo exhibition Zed’s Dead (The Arch Gallery, London, 2012). He was also recently commissioned to produce the landscape installation For John Constable (Salisbury Art Centre, 2011).

Parsons is a highly regarded contemporary artist; well know for the diversity of his practice including installation, sculpture, found objects, drawing, painting and fabrication. He is concerned with responding to moments of observation, insights and visual experiences, which he appropriates and develops into highly considered physical artworks.

His work is represented in public collections, including Arts Council England Collection; UK Government Art Collection; Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery; The Jerwood Foundation; The Leverhulme Trust; London Transport Museum and the MAG Collection and private collections in London, Los Angeles, New York, Milan and Venice.

Jonathan Parsons is led the 2015 Flag Project for Parliament in the Making, a year long programme of UK wide events and activities commemorating the establishment of Parliamentary democracy. Each member of the House of Commons was asked to nominate a primary school to create a flag to represent their constituency. Every single flag submitted is published online and a selection flew in Parliament Square at a special event in March 2015.

Jonathan curated Seeing Round Corners at Turner Contemporary in collaboration with David Ward (until 25 September 2016).

Jonathan's major new public art work, Fossil Ocean Floor is located in farmland adjacent to the Great Western Railway near Dorking, Surry. The work can be seen from the carriage road at Ranmore Common, the footpath across Milton Court Farm and from the Great Western Railway on the route from Reading to Gatwick that passes through Dorking West. A map of the location can be found here: 


Jonathan Parsons, Fossil Ocean Floor, 2018

The project is part of the Surrey Unearthed programme by Surrey Hills Arts - ten linked projects exploring the natural materials of the Surrey Landscape. The work is a response to the chalk hills surrounding its location.

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