Jon Trinder (L6)BA (Hons) Artist Blacksmithing
Jon is a forged metal sculptor making narrative driven work inspired by the natural environment, ecological issues, historical and social themes. His pieces have a stripped back aesthetic comprising a few key elements that allow the ‘mind’s eye’ to fill in the gaps. In his current project on seabirds, these features include distinctive beaks, wing shapes and postures that convey the essence of the subject. The works become collaborative, being a blend of what is presented to the viewer and the contribution of their own imagination.
Jon’s ethos is to minimize the burning of fossil fuels in order to work more sustainably. He aims to use electric induction heating as much as possible to reduce his carbon footprint. This objective is central to his practice and ties in with his interests in nature and the environment.
Jon’s sculpture is primarily for interior settings and made from steel, though other metals such as copper and brass are also used. Inspired by 20th century Catalan sculptors Julio Gonzalez and Pablo Gargallo he uses a mixture of hot forging and sheet metalworking techniques to produce components for his work. These are joined using traditional riveting methods and modern electric welding.