Jonathan McKinstry attends Project Ability‘s Aspire programme.
Jonathan creates his paintings with flatly applied colour, often in thick oil-slick strokes with a sketchiness and air of caricature. These paintings, made with haste but certainly not unconsidered, are a remarkable balancing act of picture-making and gesture. He is inspired by comic books, films and pop culture as well as landscapes and animals, and enjoys large scale painting and murals.
Jonathan’s work is pleasurable with a dark edge; it’s lush but laid bare, it contains the pictorial rules of associated traditional landscape painting but also breaks them, it is unpolished but also with a stunning delicacy of touch, it is fascinating but also diverting – and that is no mean feat.
Member of The Mavericks, an artist cooperative challenging contemporary visual art mores and norm.