Monday, 4 July 2016

Motorcycle Studies Conference, Chelsea College of Art London, 14-16 July 2016

I'll be showing new paintings and giving a paper at the upcoming International Journal of Motorcycle Studies conference at Chelsea College of Art, 14-16 July 2016:

Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Current Exhibition: 'The Silk' at James Freeman Gallery until 29th January 2016

I have some paintings in this current exhibition at James Freeman Gallery:

5th December 2015 - 29th January 2016

Greetings from the Golden Age, oil on canvas, 150x120cms, 2015

Wednesday, 14 October 2015

New Exhibition: Lurk/Destroy

New exhibition Lurk/Destroy at Best Practice, Delta House Studios, Riverside Road, London SW17 0BA.

Exhibition opens 15th October 17.30 - 20.00.

Exhibition continues 16th October - 30th November 2015. Open by appointment - contact

Artists include Tom Cardwell, Sam Dargan, Geraint Evans, Esther Planas, Joey Ryken and Emma Talbot.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

'Artefacts' Exhibition opens 10th September

I'll have some new paintings in this group exhibition at James Freeman Gallery
354 Upper St, Islington, London, England N1 0PD:

Opening Thursday 10th September 18.30 - 20.30

Monday, 9 February 2015

Neon Knights installation pictures

Some images of my recent show Neon Knights with painter Jamie Taylor at Bond House Projects, London.

'Untitled (Prisms)' applique fabric banner on table, dimensions variable 2014/15

'Kultural' Applique fabric, screenprint, acrylic paint and studs on denim, 200 x 130 cms, 2014

Detail of 'Kultural'

'Motorskills' applique fabric, bleach and Motorhead patches on denim and stretcher bars, 190 x 100 cms, 2014/15

'Kulturgeist' custom embroidered patches and acrylic paint on fabric, denim jacket, dimensions variable, 2014

'X Marks the Spot' applique fabric, screenprint, acrylic paint, marker, oil paint, emulsion on dust sheet with books, 180 x 100 cms, 2014/15

Detail of 'X Marks the Spot'

All images copyright Tom Helyar-Cardwell / Jon Cardwell 2015

Saturday, 7 June 2014


Some images of the first stages of construction of my battle jacket. The patches are all custom designed and woven. Some feature images based on some of my previous artworks, and others are new designs. 

Through the process of making my own battle jacket I am re-connecting in a new way with physical materials and realising the importance of this to me as an artist. In a sense this involves working backwards from the painting – taking the object out of the painting by actually making it.

By removing (through actually making) the object, perhaps this releases the painting process from the function of description and allows it to do other things (e.g. symbolise more directly, communicate through materials and construction, play with abstract form etc.)….

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Faith Once More

 Some installation photos from my current exhibition Faith Once More at the Herbert Read Gallery in Canterbury. The show runs until 1st March and features interventions from James Hopkins and UCA students.