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Steven L Jones

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Cornucopia (Victrola & Wagon), 2014 2 Panels, Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper, Wood Frames Intallation View; Dimensions Variable © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Mike Kelley Can't Sleep, 2014 Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Brothers (Blue Moon Chocolate Graham Cracker), 2013 5 Panels, Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper, Wood Frames Installation View: Variable © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Closet Brainstorm (Gray), 2013 Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Brothers (Lemon Meringue Lycanthrope), 2012 Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Couch (2nd version), 2012 Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Sumer Is Icumen In, 2011 6 Panels, Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper, Wooden Frames Installation View: Variable © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Mothman Took My Baby Away, 2009 2 Panels, Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper, Wood Frames Installation View; Dimensions Variable © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Closet, 2003 4 Panels, Acrylic Ink on Dyed Paper, Wood Frames Installation View; Dimensions Variable © Copyright Steven L Jones; All rights reserved
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Louisville, KY
Lives in
Chicago, IL
Works in
Chicago, IL
Schools
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2004, MFA
Western Kentucky University, 1983
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Representing galleries
Richmond, VA, Reynolds Gallery
Tags
printmaking, humorous, grief, childhood, Dreams, Jungian, multi-layered, linear, suburban, storytelling, narrative, low brow, pop surrealism, abstract, figurative, mixed-media, performance, pop, surrealism, modern
Statement

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.