David Jona­son

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David Jona­son’s work is in­spired by the aus­tere beauty of the Amer­i­can South­west and the aes­thet­ics of cu­bism and art deco. His love of stark land­scapes be­gan in child­hood on fam­ily rock hunt­ing trips to the Mo­jave and An­z­abor­rego deserts in Cal­i­for­nia. “I love the desert for its lack of clut­ter,” he says. “All that empty space al­lows you to see the forms with much more clar­ity.”

Early in Jona­son’s paint­ing ca­reer he was drawn to the vol­umes of ar­chi­tec­ture, cu­bism and the Taos So­ci­ety of Artists. Jona­son con­sid­ers his style to be a fu­sion of cu­bism and re­al­ism. He ex­plains, “The se­vere an­gu­lar shapes of the Amer­i­can South­west are a per­fect ex­pres­sion of this aes­thetic that

I love in cu­bism.”

Jona­son paints in oils us­ing gra­da­tions to ex­press form. “I don’t really like a lot of tex­ture in the paint,” he says. “I want my works to have the clean, graphic qual­i­ties of travel posters from the 1920s and 1930s.”

Prior to his ca­reer in fine art, Jona­son was an ac­com­plished com­mer­cial artist. He was rep­re­sented in the 1980s by Push­pin, a trend­set­ting de­sign and il­lus­tra­tion agency in New York. There, he pro­duced il­lus­tra­tions for For­tune 500 ad­ver­tis­ing and ed­i­to­rial clients.

In ad­di­tion to land­scapes, Jona­son has painted cacti, birds and skulls for his up­com­ing Desert Icons show, held March 28 to April 11 at The Mar­shall Gallery in Scotts­dale, Ari­zona. On Novem­ber 8 Man­i­tou Gal­leries in Santa Fe, New Mex­ico, will open the ex­hi­bi­tion South­west­ern Syn­ergy fea­tur­ing Jona­son’s work.

Heroic Quail, oil on can­vas, 24 x 18”

Hol­ly­hocks, oil on can­vas, 24 x 20"

Cool Drink, oil on can­vas, 36 x 24”

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