Jonathan McCree

Painting and performance, painting as performance and the performances of paintings. Jonathan McCree works with film, installation, painting and sculpture as a record of movement and emotion through space. He pushes the boundaries of what is normally perceived as architecture and demonstrates how experimental practice can help uncover new strategies for exploring spatial ideas and qualities. Materiality and structure are main considerations, giving way to a deeper understanding of the spaces we navigate on a daily basis. He works with traditional notions of architecture but also with the architecture of the body and the mind. With references to the historical, the biographical and the quotidian, McCree's work reflects a series of moments, the concept of potential, a space where anything can happen. Exploring lived experience in the body, paint, and painting, serves not only as a visual medium, but as a performative one, a study of the physical across space and time.


"anything can be a painting; marks on a sheet of paper or canvas, a dance, a film, a crowd" through a merging of artistic genres in a site-specific environment that challenges preconceived notions of the role of the viewer from the moment they enter the space."


Solo Exhibitions


Echoecho, Sim Smith, London, UK


Outside Mainly, Sim Smith, London, UK (viewing room)


High Folly, Sim Smith, London, UK

I Never Imagined It Could Be Like This, Foundry Gallery, London, UK


Do Be Do Be Do, Collaboration with New Movement Collective, curated by Sim Smith, London, UK


Drawing On Nature, Museo Craveri, Bra, Italy, curated by Victor de Circasia

Falling Into Place, Watermans Art Centre, London, UK, in collaboration with Gretchen Schiller and Helen Paris

No Ground Under My Feet, Tavoletto Chapel, Turin, Italy, curated by Victor de Circasia

Once A Year, Northcote Gallery, London, UK


Abracadabra, Northcote Gallery, London, UK

Falling Into Place, Université Stendhal Grenoble, France, in collaboration with Gretchen Schiller and Helen Paris


Days On End, The Caroline Gardens Chapel, London, UK, in collaboration with Paul Statham


Selected Group Exhibitions


Stellatundra, Sim Smith, London, UK

Prospect and Refuge, Sim Smith, London, UK


Up For Grabs, APT Gallery, London, UK

Now, Now, Breach Gallery, Miami, USA


Public Notice, curated by Holly Pollard and Kira Wainstein, venues across East London, UK

Atelier97, La Spezia, curated by Alessio Guano, Italy


What Kind of Spirit Is This?, Sim Smith, London, UK


Monticello D'Arte, curated by Carla Testore. Castello Di Monticello D'Alba, nr. Turin, Italy


Art Licks Weekend, curated by Looking at Painting and KoProjects, London, UK


PULSE Miami Beach, Conversations section with Tim Garwood, presented by Sim Smith

Closer To The Veg, Fitzroy Park Allotments, London, UK, curated by Sasha Galitzine and Olga Mackenzie

Playroom, London, UK, curated by Sasha Galitzine and Olga Mackenzie


Open15, Northampton Contemporary, UK


Crossings, with Paul Statham, Watermans Art Centre, London, UK


Exhibition at The Castillo Di Monticello D'Alba, Italy, curated by Victor de Circasia




Batchelor of Arts (Hons), History of Art, University of Sussex, UK