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.

Biography

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 wildlife, particularly in the context within the urban environment reflects her wry style and subject matter dealing with socio-political 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 responses 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 Honours BA 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.

GonnyGlass bio:cv 2015.pdf

Exhibitions

Solo exhibitions:
2015 Urban Kings, Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London
2009 Silent Ghosts, North Lands Creative Glass, St Mary's Church (derelict), Lybster, Caithness, Scotland

Group exhibitions:
2015 Mural Goes Pop Up Show, St Art Gallery, Goes, Netherlands
2015 Fit the Slit, works on paper, Alberoni Beach LIDO, Venice
2015 The Fall of the Rebel Angels, curated by Vanya Balogh, 56th Venice Biennale, Venice
2015 A.Nonymous, curated by ArtPlatform, No Format Gallery, London
2015 No Deal No.666, curated by Vanya Balogh, Pop-up Gallery, Camden, London
2014 Silent Auction, curated by ArtPlatform, No Format Gallery, Greenwich, London
2014 Chinese Open Year of the Horse, curated by Vanya Balogh, Q-Pqrk, Chinatown, London
2014 Year in Review 2013 Digital show during Armory week, See.Me|Exhibition Space, LIC, New York
2013 No Flakes, Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, London
2013 Herrods* Xmas Bizzare, curated by APHQ, Junk & Gems, London
2013 Zealous X, Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, London
2013 Groepexpositie & Mini Concerten St. Art Gallery, Stampersgat, Netherlands
2013 Secret Cards Oli Bennett Charitable Trust Anonymous Art Fair, Westminster School, London
2012 Urban Barrier, Ben Oakley Gallery & No Format, Second Floor Studios, Woolwich, London
2012 Urban in Ibiza #4, Music, Fashion & Urban Art Festival @ Atzaró Hotel, Ibiza
2012 Deus-Dei (Super-Ego), curated by Adonay Bermudez, Círculo de Bellas Artes, Tenerife, Spain
2012 Tweet-Me-Up! UNDERCURRENT Project curated by Tracey Moberly, Tate Modern, London
2012 Air 3Artists-in-Residence UCA @ Crafts Study Centre, Farnham
2012 Signature Art - The Exhibition, DegreeArt Execution Room, London
2012 Signature Art Prize VIP Gala for Finalists, Old Spitalfields Market, London
2012 Religionis Violenta, curated by KGB-Projects, London West Bank Gallery, London
2012 ArtHaus, DegreeArt Execution Room, London
2012 Long Player, Ben Oakley Gallery, Greenwich, Group Show, London
2012 Gaze, curated by Graffik Gallery, The Collection, London
2012 Designer Crafts, Society of Designer Craftsmen, The Mall Galleries, 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, Greenwich, London
2011 Old Boots, New Laces, curated by Ben Oakley, Vibe Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2011 Degree Show 2011, University for the Creative Arts, Graduate Exhibition, Farnham
2010 The BIG Vibe Affair, curated by Ben Oakley, Vibe Gallery, Shoreditch, London
2010 National Open Art Competition Show, Goodwood Racecourse, Juried Show, Chichester
2010 London International Creative Show, Soho Theatre, London
2010 Signature Art Awards, DegreeArt Gallery, London
2010 Craft at Liberty's, Pop-up Show, Farnham
2010 Hang Them High, curated by Artswipe, Rag Factory, Shoreditch, London
2009 Tate the Biscuit, curated by East End Arts Club, Shoreditch Townhall, London
2009 Endings, North Lands Creative Glass Gallery, Lybster, Scotland
2008 End of Year Show, Kensington & Chelsea College, London

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