Staff Spotlight: Jon Place

Friday,23 August 2019 in  Courses, Spotlight, Staff

Jon studied Graphic Communication at Bath School of Art and Design where he specialised in printmaking and graphic art. Though he worked as a graphic designer straight out of university, he soon developed his practice to focus more on fine art and has exhibited his prints in the UK and abroad.

Jon applies a variety of cross-discipline approaches in his work, combining a multitude of materials and approaches, including traditional mark making and new media digital techniques. Through his work Jon creates visual narratives and abstract story worlds, through the appropriation of forgotten imagery taken from digital archives which he distorts and repurposes.

Since moving to Edinburgh, Jon has worked at Leith School of Art in a variety of roles and in 2017 he began working as a Tutor Support on the Year-long Drawing Course with Tutor Jane Couroussopoulos. As well as working at Leith School of Art, Jon currently teaches drawing, illustration and digital technique classes at Edinburgh University. 



From September 2019, Jon is excited to be teaching the new ‘Fundamentals of Drawing’ Taster Course, which will run on Thursdays at the St James campus during the Autumn Term. With his diverse background and material knowledge, Jon will bring a unique perspective to the course that incorporates a varied of unconventional and experimental approaches whilst teaching the fundamentals building blocks of drawing and mark making.

In March 2020, Jon will also be leading a Weekend Workshop at the School – ‘Playful Images: Graphic Marks and Illustrations’ – more information and booking can be found here.

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