Description This Idea came to me in a dream back in 2008. I woke up and sketched it. I built the boy and the airship from mostly found objects. The one-of-a-kind toy is pieced together. I sculpted his face, and made his cloth outfit. The seascape is compiled from photos I took at Cannon Beach on the Oregon coast.
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, and my childhood.
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 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.