Jon Measures is a British artist based in Los Angeles. He gained a degree in Fine Art from Falmouth School of Art in 1987. Jon settled in Los Angeles in the late 1980’s. He has enjoyed a successful career as a graphic designer, illustrator and educator. Throughout this period he consistently produced his own artwork. Starting in 2006 Measures has gradually made the transition from working as a designer to a career as an exhibiting artist.
Measures’ work often combines multiple views of the Los Angeles urban landscape. He has also produced work based on various cities around the US and the UK.
His mixed media paintings are made using digitally edited photographs, drawings and paintings that are printed then made into collages on wood panels. These collages are then further worked using acrylic paint and glazes. Paint is used to emphasize aspects of the photographic materials to add texture and color. Layering is an important aspect to the work both in the computer and on the physical artworks. The process is a hybrid between painting, drawing, photography, digital art and collage and echoes the layering of structures and history that takes place in our built environment. The work walk a tight rope between abstraction and representation and blurs the lines between photography and painting. Jon Measures is interested in representing not just the physical environment but also a view of the emotional nature of the places and our connection to them.
Certain themes reoccur in the work; our sense of belonging, home and community are fairly obvious but also environmental impact and the relationship between man and nature. Urban planning, memory and history are other themes that become embodied in the paintings.The work is both a critique and a celebration of our constructed spaces.