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Jean - Patrick Elmes

My work is a celebration of the fluidity of interpretation inherent in the recognisable object, the image as a receptacle and generator of a multiplicity of meaning. Even more so when this capacity is compounded by the juxtapostion of apparently random images to create myriad's of possible naratives.

Whilst being aware of the conventions of picture making arrived through our art historical context, I feel that recognition has been downgraded as a necessary concomitant to the art experience and thus the image itself has become undervalued as source by which consciousness re plays the world to itself.

The fact that we can be simultaneously aware of the marks on canvas and the image to which they give rise, indicates the nature of our perception and the desire to make meaning from what we observe.


MA Royal College of Art

BA(Hons) Manchester Polytechnic


1999 The Real Art Gallery - New York

Forest, Group Show

1998 Digital Print Awards

1997 Young Artists, The Air Gallery - London

The Large Edition, Quick Silver Gallery - London

Stoke Newington Open

1996 Stoke Newington Open

1995 Artist Network, Cilntech

Duncan Terrace Gallery

National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries - London

1994 Box Set, Flowers East Gallery - London

National Print Exhibition, Mall Galleries - London

1993 Los Angeles Art Fair

Royal College of Art Biennale, Finals, Art & Technology (Award Winner)

1992 National Theatre

Dreuze Gallery - Barcelona

1990 Fifteen Artist, Marborough Gallery -London

National Museum - Malta

British International Print Biennale, Cartwright Hall

1988 Camden Arts Centre - London

Square Gallery, London Paper Works (Award Winner)

Whitechapel Open - London

International Art Fair, Olympia - London