Size: 20"W x 20"H x 3"D
Year Created: 2017
Ready to Hang
I am an observer. Throughout my life my observations are what keep me interested and intrigued with our society and culture, past and present. Whether watching a film, appreciating a record, reading a book or studying a work of art, we are all observing something special and unique. I take these observations and turn them into paintings that I find aesthetically pleasing. Most of my images are pulled from websites and stock photography. I enjoy the process of taking something that has little to no meaning to me and making it my own, allowing it to take on new life. I don’t claim that my paintings have meaning. I’ve tried to make that claim in the past but later felt like I was lying and was just trying to impress others. If one finds something attractive with my application of paint, color palette or subject matter, then suddenly that is the meaning.
Jonathan McAfee (b. 1982) is an American painter working in Evergreen, CO. After graduating from Herron School of Art and Design (Indiana University) with a B.F.A. in painting, McAfee began focusing on the figure and his expressive application of paint. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at The Harrison Center for the Arts (Indianapolis, IN) and The Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library (Indianapolis, IN). His numerous group exhibitions include Red Wolf Gallery (Denver, CO) and "The Self-Portrait Show" at Gallery 924 (Indianapolis, IN). McAfee was recently awarded the second annual North American Artist Showcase (June 2016) through ArtFido and Professional Artist Magazine. McAfee's work is collected throughout the U.S. as well as Europe. He is currently represented by Artwork Network in Denver, CO and HUE Gallery of Contemporary Art in Wichita, KS.