GLASS can be extremely challenging to work with. It is this struggle to control its technical complexity, its contradictory qualities and sometimes its unpredictability that I am strongly drawn to.


Describing herself as an urban glass and inventive mixed media artist, Dutch-born, London-based Gonny van Hulst aka GonnyGlass is taking traditional glass-making to new artistic levels and the twenty-first century. Her fascination for street art and its context within the urban environment reflects her wry style and subject matter dealing with social issues and urban symbolism, translating this to her multimedia works, focusing on glass, a material that in itself is very much a representative of urban life.

Very much interested in the experimental possibilities of glass-making processes, Gonny combines this ancient medium, using a range of traditional and contemporary techniques, such as lost-wax casting, kiln-forming, slumping, stained glass and screen-printing on glass with other materials, including found and ready-made objects. She creates work based on themes that are fundamental to her artistic motivation, such as reactions to real life events resulting in work that is both bold and seductive.

Gonny, born in 1965, grew up in the Netherlands and has lived in the US and Norway before she moved to London where she achieved a first class BA Honours degree in 3D Glass Design at the University for the Creative Arts, and has undertaken artist residencies and private commissions in the UK. She has been awarded several grants and awards, including Friends of North Lands Creative Glass, Malta Arts Fund and Public Art Project by Solum, Network Rail and Rolfe Judd Architects. Her work has been documented in catalogues, magazines and has been featured on the cover of InkStyle Magazine. She exhibits her work both nationally and internationally through galleries, as well as major art fairs and is affiliated with galleries in London and the Netherlands.

CV GonnyGlass 2015.pdf


Future exhibitions:

2015 The Fall of the Rebel Angels, The 56th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy (May/June)
2015 Urban Fragility, Sam Warr & GonnyGlass @ Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London (May)
2015 Let's Make a Better World, Animal Charity Group Exhibition, East London (April)
2015 No Deal no. 666, Group Show curated by Vanya Balogh, Pop-up Gallery, Camden, London (April)
2015 Red Door Group Exhibition, London (September)

Selected exhibitions:

2014 Silent Auction Curated by ArtPlatform, No Format Gallery, Greenwich, London
2014 Chinese Open 2014 Group show curated by Vanya Balogh, Q-Pqrk, Chinatown, London
2014 Year in Review 2013 Digital group show during Armory week, See.Me|Exhibition Space, LIC, New York
2013 No Flakes Group show, Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London
2013 Herrods* Xmas Bizzare Curated by APHQ, Junk & Gems, London
2013 Zealous X Multidisciplinary exhibition, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
2013 Groepexpositie & Mini Concerten St. Art Gallery, Stampersgat, Netherlands
2013 Oli Bennett Secret Cards Oli Bennett Charitable Trust Anonymous Art Fair, Westminster School, London
2012 Urban Barrier Ben Oakley Gallery & No Format, Second Floor Studios, Woolwich, Group Show, London
2012 Urban in Ibiza #4 Music, Fashion & Urban Art Festival @ Atzaró Hotel, Ibiza
2012 Deus-Dei (Super-Ego) Círculo de Bellas Artes, Group Exhibition, Tenerife, Spain
2012 Tweet-Me-Up! UNDERCURRENT Project curated by Tracey Moberly, Tate Modern, London
2012 Air 3 Artists-in-Residence UCA @ Crafts Study Centre, Group Show, Farnham
2012 Signature Art - The Exhibition DegreeArt Execution Room, Group Show, London
2012 Signature Art Prize VIP Gala for Finalists at Old Spitalfields Market, London
2012 Religionis Violenta KGB-Projects @ the London West Bank Gallery, Group Show, London
2012 ArtHaus DegreeArt Execution Room, Group Exhibition, London
2012 Long Player Ben Oakley Gallery - Greenwich, Group Show, London
2012 Gaze The Collection curated by Graffik Gallery, Group Show, London
2012 Designer Crafts 2012 - Society of Designer Craftsmen - The Mall Galleries, Group Show, London
2011 National Open Art Competition Show Goodwood Racecourse, Juried Show, Chichester
2011 CGS Online Gallery Exhibition Highlights from 13 glass graduates @ New Designers, London
2011 Are you looking at my Bird!? Ben Oakley Gallery, Group Show, Greenwich, London
2011 Old Boots, New Laces Vibe Gallery curated by Ben Oakley Gallery, Group Show, Shoreditch, London
2011 Degree Show 2011 University for the Creative Arts, Graduate Exhibition, Farnham
2010 The BIG Vibe Affair Vibe Gallery [The Big Art Affair], Group Show, Shoreditch, London
2010 National Open Art Competition Show Goodwood Racecourse, Juried Show, Chichester
2010 London International Creative Show Soho Theatre, Group Show, London
2010 Signature Art Awards DegreeArt Gallery, Group Exhibition, London
2010 Craft at Liberty's Pop-up Show, Farnham
2010 Hang Them High Artswipe at the Rag Factory, Group Exhibition, Shoreditch, London
2009 Tate the Biscuit East End Arts Club at Shoreditch Townhall, Group Exhibition, London
2009 Endings North Lands Creative Glass Gallery, Group Exhibition, Lybster, Scotland
2009 Ghosts St Mary's Church (derelict), Solo Exhibition, Lybster, Scotland
2008 End of Year Show Kensington & Chelsea College, Group Exhibition, London

Selected Art Fairs:

2012 Affordable Art Fair Hampstead Represented by DegreeArt Gallery, London
2012 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Represented by DegreeArt Gallery, London
2012 Affordable Art Fair Amsterdam Represented by St Art Gallery, Netherlands
2012 KunstRai Art Fair represented by St Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Amsterdam 8th International Tattoo Convention Represented by St Art Gallery, Amsterdam, Netherlands
2012 Tattoo Expo 1st Den Bosch Represented by St Art Gallery, Autotron Rosmalen, Netherlands
2012 RAW Art Fair Represented by St Art Gallery (NL) Stand #28, Fenix Hangars, Rotterdam, Netherlands
2011 ART.FAIR Modern & Contemporary Art Represented by St. Art Gallery, Cologne, Germany
2011 New Designers 2011 Business Design Centre, Graduate Show, London