Description Visiting Florence, Italy was a very humbling experience. I was seeing the heart of the Italian Renaissance, where classically trained artists worked hundreds of years ago. This painting symbolizes my experience.
Jonathan Queen, Cincinnati Member Since February 2011 Artist Statement Antiques, vintage objects, wooden boxes, and photos are the props I use to set the stage of my narrative paintings. Toys in the right setting become complex characters with a deeper story to tell. My influences come from classical painting, nature, literature, my family and my faith.
I grew up in Lexington, KY and started my art education at Eastern Kentucky University. After marrying an Ohio native I transferred to the University of Cincinnati's college of DAAP. There I tried many forms of art but always felt drawn to painting in a realistic style.
After earning my BFA I worked in illustration, portraiture, and mural painting. In 2003 I began to concentrate primarily on still life paintings, exhibiting professionally through Miller Gallery in Cincinnati. The decision to paint a Big Boy bank started me on the path to making toy narrative still life my focus. More recently, I have started creating one of a kind characters by swapping heads, sculpting new features and assembling unique props. This is opening the doors to a new stage in my storytelling process. Only time will tell what is over the horizon.