Jonathan Wilkinson is known as a champion of urban environments. While studying fine art at Sheffield Hallam University, he was inspired by the Brutalist environment of the city and has since become associated with a pared back architectural style that celebrates the urban aesthetic of the North of England and beyond. The Leeds-born artists is spreading his wings even further for his latest project; New Paintings… and Then Some moves beyond the confines of city landscapes and steps through the front door of the prototypical British Kitsch home, revelling in the home décor and even following the inhabitants on the quintessential seaside holiday.
Wilkinson’s previous work is collected under the umbrella title We Live Here, but this latest collection is not so much concerned with where we live, but how we live. We begin with a coach trip to the coast, picking up along a northern suburban street, and return to Sheffield at night. The works retain Wilkinson’s interest in architectural form, but this time pay more attention to the interaction of people with objects and places. Sheffield’s B&B Gallery is hosting New Paintings… and Then Some until 5 October.