Jimmy Reagan was born in Saint Paul, Minnesota. In 2011, he burst into the creative world as a dynamic, young artist. He currently lives and creates in Mendota Heights, Minnesota. Reagan works primarily in oil pastels, colored pencils, pen and paint to create single and multi-media pieces.
The imagery in his art radiates his ability to bring fresh perspective to an image or a simple form. Reagan often re-imagines the world in bright and sometimes shocking color and often with distorted and inverted shapes. His unique style is born out of a struggle to communicate his ideas, his needs, and his perspective to the world visually. Diagnosed at age three with Autism, art expression became a way to give visual voice to his dreams and experiences.
Bright, electric color infuses his images as do short lines he defines as 'tick marks". His work, especially his cityscapes, clearly illustrates a deep connection to light and perspective. Reagan's favorite subjects are portraits –both people and animals. The subjects of Reagan’s portraiture often depict a clear, sometimes striking, direct gaze. Eye contact is an interesting and reoccurring theme.
He has been selected as the featured artist for the 2012 University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital WineFest No. 17. His painting, "Cafe at Night," provides the inspiration for the two-day event. The William Gordon Winery of California also uses six of Reagan’s pieces as part of their award winning wine labels.
Reagan's art is held in collections gracing the walls of private and public residences, law offices, investment firms and physician clinics. His work is currently on permanent display at Sunfish Cellars in Lilydale, Minnesota and University of Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.
Sunfish Cellars, Lilydale, Minnesota permanent exhibition Edina Art Center, Edina, MN -February 2011 2011 University of Minnesota WineFest Barrel Artist Guest Artist for Bobiam Artistic Streetwear
2012 WineFest Featured Artist - May 11th and 12th, 2012 at Minneapolis Depot. www.thewinefest.org
Unity Church, St. Paul, MN - February, 2012 Eclectic Goat Exhibit, Northfield, Minnesota - February, March and April 2012 Fresh Ground, ST Paul, MN - April, 2012 The Depot, Hopkins, MN - May and June, 2012 Factory-Art Gallery, May Be (R)Evolution Exhibition May 10th - June 8th, 2012 Abbott Northwestern Hospital and Penny George Institute - June and July 2012 The Beanery June 2012 Owatonna Center for the Arts, July 1st through October 31st, 2012