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Artist David Jonason


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Painting the Southwest of Our Dreams
The Art of David Jonason
 
Combining a keenly observant eye, the professional experience of 25 years as one of America's top illustrators, and inspiration drawn from a cavalcade of 20th-century art movements and artists, David Jonason achieves a uniquely personal vision through his iconic, vividly dreamlike oil paintings of the American Southwest.
 
Jonason fills his palette with the intense natural colors of the region, distilled to their very essence: fiery reds, deep crystalline blues, emerald greens, earth tones so rich you can almost feel the rocks and soil beneath your feet. He portrays the Southwestern landscape with a realist's eye, rendering it with a clarity that makes his paintings remarkably real, uncannily present.
 
Yet, he also filters those images through an artistic sensibility steeped in his love and appreciation for Cubism, which broke up and rearranged familiar objects to portray them with fresh new insight; Futurism, which instilled art with the energy and drive of the Modern Age; Precisionism, which rendered its subjects in precise, simplified form; and Art Deco, which imbued everything from architecture to fashion, jewelry to art, with graceful style and elegance. "I've always liked images that are stylized and streamlined," he explains.
 
Naturally, his love of the Southwest also inevitably attracted him to works by the Taos School, artists from across Europe and America who, in the early 20th century, were attracted to and inspired by the light, landforms, and native arts of northern New Mexico. Artists like Andrew Dasburg, Ernest Blumenschein, Nicolai Fechin, Harold "Buck" Weaver, and others cross-pollinated the artistic foment of the Old World with the palette and culture of the New World to create styles of art that were uniquely American. And another signature artist of the Southwest, Maynard Dixon, renowned for his simplified modernist images of the West, also continues to [...]

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