Jonathan Baldock was born in 1980 in Kent, UK. He lives and works in London.
He works across multiple platforms including sculpture, installation and performance. He graduated from Winchester School of Art with a BA in Painting (2000-2003), followed by the Royal College of Art, London with an MA in Painting (2003-2005).
Baldock’s work is saturated with humour and wit, as well as an uncanny, macabre quality that channels his longstanding interest in myth and folklore. He has an ongoing focus on the contrast between the material qualities of ceramic and fabric in his work. Concerned with removing the functional aspects of the materials he uses, Baldock instead works in a performative way through his sculptural assemblages, bringing the viewer, the object and the space they simultaneously occupy into question as a theatrical or ritualistic act.
Baldock’s solo exhibition ‘Me, Myself and I’ opened at Kunsthall Stavanger, Norway in September 2020. His work is also on display in the inaugural Towner International biennial exhibition at Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, England. Baldock has forthcoming solo exhibitions at Accelerator, Stockholm, Sweden in April 2021 and La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain in September 2021.
The installation ‘Facecrime (suspect)’ opened at Stephen Friedman Gallery in July 2020. Baldock’s first solo exhibition with the gallery opened in September 2019 and presented a series of ceramic masks featuring bright colours and outlandish expressions. This show coincided with the presentation of a large-scale, interactive sculpture by Baldock at Fitzrovia Chapel, London during Frieze week. In the spring of 2019, Baldock’s solo exhibition ‘Facecrime’ opened at Camden Arts Centre, London following a Freelands Lomax Ceramics Fellowship. The exhibition toured to Tramway, Glasgow, UK in August 2019 and opened at Bluecoat, Liverpool, UK in March 2020.
Other notable solo and two-person exhibitions include those at De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, UK (2017); Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, UK (2017); Southwark Park Galleries, London, UK (2017); PEER, London, UK (2016); Chapter Gallery, Cardiff, Wales, UK (2016) and Wysing Arts Centre, Cambridge, UK (2013). His work recently entered the Arts Council Collection, UK.