Email: jonahfriedartist@gmail.com
Instagram: @jonah.fried.artist
Website: www.jonahf.co.uk

I first became interested in Isolation due to the conditions I grew up in, very rural Scotland and rural Czech Republic. This interest in isolation was revived by living in London where life literally doesn’t stop moving but in stark contrast. Feeling isolated in a crowd.


I wish to explore isolation in a larger context of humanity and how we have come to feel so isolated and individual at a time when we are most connected. I want the work to feel isolated but in a positive sense that it has become individual.


The majority of research comes from personal experience and the use of social media. How we navigated it and it navigates us. The work is commenting on our individual private lives become increasingly published and made into a façade.


I source my material from social media (advertising screenshots), real life objects (duvets) and personal phone archives (street photography). The majority of my work has an abstract element contrasting a very stable element, this relationship is something you see time and again. I vs We, individual vs group, 1 vs ∞… etc. A lot of my work is never done in a sketch book but instead experimented on the canvas. This creates a lively and experimental feel to a lot of the work.


The entirety of this year has been a pursuit of understanding what the word individual means in the context of a vast never-ending chaotic network/ internet that we have all become a part of and connected by. I wish to further explore the idea of the individual in the context of the internet.

Artist CV
Currently, works and lives in London, England 


2017 - 2020 BFA, Chelsea University of the Arts London, England

2016 - 2017 Foundation, Willem De Kooning Academie Rotterdam, Netherlands


Solo Exhibitions

2017, 'Isolated', Cairns Gallery, Edinburgh (sold out)

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019, 'Artificial Identity', Fitzrovia Gallery, London

2019, 'I opened myself up to the gentle indifference of the world', Fitzrovia Gallery, London (sold out)

2018, 'Blurred Boundaries', Bones and Pearl Gallery, London

2018, 'CCW Show', Cookhouse Gallery, London

2017, 'Contemporary Landscape', Garage Gallery, Rotterdam


Group Exhibitions

2019, 'Second Year Does It', Triangle Gallery, London

2018, ‘Jelly’, BG02 Storage, London

2018, A201 Show Space, London

2017, Chelsea Show, London

2017, 'Horizon' WDKA, Rotterdam

2017, 'Shadows Of Shadows', WDKA, Rotterdam

2016, 'Navigation', Den Hagg Beach

2016, 'Play' WDKA, Rotterdam


Artist Talks

2017, 'Contemporary Landscape', Garage Gallery, Rotterdam


Artist Societies

Weekly Text, UAL Chelsea

Dead Painting Society, UAL Chelsea

Conditions, UAL Chelsea



2019 March, Aucart.com


Private Commissions

2018, Wanless painting commission 

2017, Macleod painting commission 

2018, Kings Cross Hospital commission nominee


Awards / Achievements

2016 The Phyllis Hodges Prize for Excellence in Art and Design


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