Craft + Design Canberra

Jonathon Zalakos

Chasing Clouds

Jonathon Zalakos employs motifs of cloud-like abstraction, utilising silver inlay on steel to create representational relief work as externalised models of the unconscious in a modern context. Building on his goldsmithing practice, Jonathon presents a sample of works created as the result of receiving the 2022 Craft + Design Canberra CAPO Award. The award enabled the artist to purchase hammer forming equipment which he used to explore high relief chasing and repousse – metalworking techniques that involve carefully beating both sides of metal sheet in a bowl of pitch. Jonathon Zalakos is a contemporary jewellery and object maker based in Canberra, on Ngunnawal and Ngambri land. Since graduating from the Australian National University in 2022 Jonathon Zalakos has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants, including the ANU School of Art & Design Graduate Excellence Award, the M16 Exhibition and Residency Award, and the Robert Foster Memorial Grant. His work has been exhibited in various group and solo exhibitions. In addition to his art practice, Jonathon has experience as a research assistant and sessional lecturer at the Australian National University School of Art and Design, and currently works at the National Gallery of Australia.

19 July—24 August

Craft + Design Canberra

Level 1, North Building, 180 London Circuit Canberra ACT 2600