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Steven L Jones

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Louisville, KY

Lives in
Chicago, IL

Works in
Chicago, IL


Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004, MFA
Western Kentucky University, 1983
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Representing galleries
Richmond, VA, Reynolds Gallery

modern, surrealism, pop, performance, mixed-media, figurative, abstract, pop surrealism, low brow, narrative, storytelling, suburban, linear, multi-layered, Jungian, Dreams, childhood, grief, humorous, printmaking


My work uses a highly stylized visual language and a subject matter rooted in childhood to dramatize the disconnect that occurs when a child is forced to confront adult themes like illness, loss, and sexuality – or when an adult confronts the same themes and looks to childhood for an imaginative language rich and intuitive enough to describe such difficult emotional terrain.

I combine elements of drawing, painting, and printmaking in multi-part works and embrace qualities that are unfashionable in vanguard art – narrative and story-telling, craft and decoration, non-irony – but central to a humanist ethos which values the unique vision of the individual and its capacity to engage the minds and emotions of real human beings in a meaningful way.

The result is a kind of travelogue that navigates a tense, dreamscape version of the Middle American neighborhood where I grew up. All action occurs in this hermetic environment and is executed in a stubbornly idiosyncratic style that I’ve dubbed, half seriously, both storybook expressionism and suburban surrealism.

Recent Exhibits

Steven L Jones participated in these exhibits:

Mar, 2011 Sexier
Zhou B Art Center

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