Artist: Jonathan Wijnberg

Jonathan Wijnberg
Petoskey, MI
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I grew up in Clarence, New York, which is a suburb of Buffalo. I have always had a natural inclination to draw ever since I was a child. In high school, I started taking art more seriously and began to develop my talents.

Besides the general art program that was at school, I took summer art classes at the Albright Knox Art Museum. As I approached my senior year, I was able to take art classes at the University of Buffalo art department. I went on to enroll full time U of B where I studied drawing and painting under Harvey Breverman, Walter Prochownik and Sheldon Berlin. I graduated with a B.F.A. in 1982. I have also taken classes at the Art Students League and Pratt.

Upon graduating from U of B, I worked for several yers at the Kalamazoo Institute of Art as preparator. I have also worked in graphic design and printing.

I have had several shows. I had a show at the Dance Center Exhibit Series in the Saniwax Building in Kalamazoo.

I have also had shows at Chaps on Main, a lounge, and at the Dumont Gallery in Kalamazoo. In 1998, I was a recipient of the Irving Gilmore Emerging Artist Grant. I have exhibited at the Urban Institute for Contemporary Art in Grand Rapids and at the Three Rivers Art Museum.

I primarily enjoy working with human figures in my art, either clothed or nude. I like to work with themes of expresion and monumentality, creating both a solidarity and expression to the piece. I have developed influences from Diebekorn, Klimt, Kathe Kollwitz and Egon Schielle.

Among other interests, I enjoy doing portrait studies in pastels and charcoal. I am also interested in non-conventional still lifes where I combine mechanical and electrical components, tools and other complex objects with organic, biological objects, such as rodents, bones, skulls, fish or cats and rabbits.

Besides making art, I am interested in off-road motorcycling, reading, music and hiking.

Media: Painting:Oil Painting , Watercolor
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