Welcome to the art4oka.com blog
Art4oka.com website has been a long time coming. Finally a show case / portfolio for my artwork. My name is Jonathan Oakes and I have been an artist for many years and have a large back catalogue of artwork ready to introduce to people. Hopefully, the art4oka.com website will allow me to do this. My art is mainly abstract in flavour and I tend to specialise in painting and drawing. I use acrylics and mixed media when necessary.
In my blog I will endeavour to explain some of the reasoning and inspirations behind my art. I usually have a couple of art projects or themes on the go at the same time. I might even be willing to share some insights into the generation of these ideas too.
Background image: art4oka.com
The image to the left is entitled :
Pen on paper
29 x 20 cm
Curing is a process during which a reaction takes place resulting in a harder, tougher or more stable substance. To make someone with an illness healthy again. Something that solves a problem or improves a bad situation.
Curing is located in the Wide Draw gallery. Art4oka.com Curing is one of my recent drawings, created when convalescing from an ankle operation. Around this time I starting thinking about building art4oka.com. Many artworks to scan in and many weeks of sitting down waiting to be healed. I figured it would be an apt image for the background page of the website.
After a long break I am hoping to restart and revitalise my artistic endeavours.
I grew up in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, U.K. Spent time as a welder and cutter in steel foundries. Leisure time was spent walking in wild woods and in the rugged landscapes of the Peak District National Park. Started painting abstract artworks in my early twenties as a form of expression. I had the space, the time and the angst. Encouraged by my results and friends, I left Sheffield and enrolled as a mature student at the University of Gloucestershire, U.K. After experience in painting, ceramics, art history, photography, video art and many other adventures I graduated with a B.A (hons) in Visual Art and Professional Media. Then a freelance Graphic Designer and exhibiting artist for approximately five years, including a number of successful exhibitions in St. Ives, Cornwall. U.K. 2001 completed Masters Degree in Electronic Media (Oxford Brookes University). After several difficult years of being an artist I refocused my creative yearnings into composing and editing digital music. This digital time also has had its own inspirations for my paintings. It is time to step away from all this digital despair (present activity excused), and get my hands covered in paint and charcoal again.
Art4oka.com is only a click or two away, you are more than welcome to have a look around, hopefully there will be something you like, or something that sparks your interest.
This blog is updated regularly and I have many stories to tell and subjects to discuss.
I will keep you posted. And I will keep on posting.