Jon is our next Featured Artist for our 1st Annual Juried Show: A New Look. His art is currently displayed in the Gallery along with 14 other regional artists looking to win the opportunity to be featured in an upcoming Bethlehem House Gallery 2017 show, as well as prizes from Blick Art Supply.
Jon’s work attempts to understand human nature, interactions and ideologies and translate these themes visually with collective and personal symbolism using mixed media applications.
Get to know Jon:
Usually just my name shortened to Jon, nothing exciting.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Pennsylvania, primarily in the Blandon and Reading area, with a bit of Temple.
Who was your biggest influence for your art growing up?
Early on Salvador Dali had a large impact on the type of art I created. I was pretty enthralled with the optical illusions and settings he created.
Favorite artist and why?
Uncertain about a legitimate “favorite artist” since it’s always changing but currently Zdzislaw Beksinski, Jenny Saville, or Vincent Desiderio are large influences. Beksinski for his atmospheric qualities, Saville’s expertly applied paint strokes and implied weights, and Desiderio’s expansive scales, settings, and executions.
What color best describes you and why?
A quick online quiz has told me I’m a fuchsia, for my bold personality.
How would you describe your fashion style?
Darker, comfortable clothing; a lot of black and white. A lot of paint all over everything I own.
What was your first piece you created/sold?
Technically it was an untitled figurative piece in High School, drawn in marker.
What’s integral to the work of an artist?
Consistency, working regardless of mood or time windows; doing what the artist is capable of day to day.
What’s your favorite piece of art work?
Difficult to say, a favorite anything feels fairly vague. However, I could put some strong emphasis on The Agnew Clinic by Thomas Eakins. Seeing The Agnew Clinic in person, as a kid, was really awe inspiring.
What is your dream project?
Wall to wall unnerving crowd paintings with ambient sounds, clutter noise, and some distinct lighting.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?
One of the best pieces of advice for art I’ve received is to let go of the physicality of the work. It’s okay to make mistakes and to even destroy the work you’ve created so that you can pave the way for new work.
For more information on the Juried Show and other competing artists, view our exhibit page.