"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." (Gonny Glass)
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.
Awarded Grant Project Support 2012 Malta Arts Fund
Highly Commended Warm Glass Prize 2012 Artist Glass Category
Awarded Distinction Licentiateship 2011 Council of the Society of Designer Craftsmen
Highly Commended Contemporary Glass Society Prize 2011 New Designers
Awarded 2nd Place Public Art Project 2010 Epsom Station Rolfe Judd, Solum
Award London International Creative Competition 2010
Highly Commended Stevens Architectural Glass Awards 2008
Achievement Award Applied Arts (Glass & Ceramics) 2008 Kensington & Chelsea College
Shortlisted 2011 National Open Art Competition
Shortlisted 2010 National Open Art Competition
Finalist Signature Art Awards 2010 DegreeArt
Finalist Commission Stevens Architectural Glass Awards, 2010, Churchill College, Cambridge