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Jonathan Beer

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We Make Our Destinies Through The Gods We Choose, 2011 Oil on Canvas 52 X 65 © Jonathan Beer 2011
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Pontifex I , 2010 Painting 48" X 60" © Jonathan Beer
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Pontifex II, 2010 Painting 24" X 48" © Jonathan Beer
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Pontifex III, 2010 Painting 24" X 48" © Jonathan Beer
Apriori
Apriori, 2010 Painting 12" X 12" © Jonathan Beer
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Headwaters Delta I, 2010 Oil on Canvas 48" X 60" © Jonathan Beer
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Memory Study 7, 2010 Oil on Prepared Paper 15" X 20" © Jonathan Beer
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Memory Study 10, 2010 Oil on Prepared Paper 15" X 20" © Jonathan Beer
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Foreign Windows, 2012 Oil on Canvas 150 X 170 Cm © Courtesy of the artist and Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts
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The Classic Western, 2013 Oil, Spray Paint and Enamel on Canvas 32 X 34 Inches © © Jonathan Beer
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Quick Facts
Birth year
1988
Lives in
New York
Works in
New York
Schools
New York Academy of Art, 2012, MFA Painting
SVA (School of Visual Arts New York)
Tags
realism, landscape, surrealism, traditional, figurative, conceptual
Statement

As humans we exist as membranes between the world of memory and of external experience. The intricate connections between exterior and interior; between a constructed, architectural space and an interior, biological space are in constant flux, at times blurry and at others distinct. At some points the threads become entangled and fused, past and present existing simultaneously as one fluid structure.

I seek to explore the geography of that membrane in my work, to observe and depict my mental processes that are constantly in transition. Working with the contents of my private mental universe I become both cartographer and naturalist, exploring and documenting the dislocated, quasi-architectural planes of memory. Actions associated with cognition and memories are of particular interest to me. The dichotomy between decay and instantiation of these worlds serves as a starting point for my vision.