Jon Stucky - Take me to church (detail)

Jon Stucky

United States 1972

Pop Art

Jon Stucky
Jon Stucky
United States
January 24, 2016
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Jon Stucky is an American artist known for his vibrant paintings full of energy and his raw fiber assemblages done in beads, found objects, stitching and paint.

Stucky’s Pandemonium

Jon Stucky - Pandemonium of the blood moon eclipes
Jon Stucky – Pandemonium of the blood moon eclipses

Stucky was born in 1972 in Dover – the cusp of Ohio’s Amish Country. His first encounter with art was through design of Amish goods and their art, typical for its use of strong colors and patterns. Amish quilt is what this artist founds especially intriguing, having an influence on his work even today. Jon’s elaborated Art Quilts are combination of hand painted and dyed textile of various cultures worldwide.

The crucial moment for Jon was his contact with New York art scene of the 80’s. It was his high school teacher who introduced Stucky to NY art through the art magazines, show catalogs, and books. Artists such as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol or Jean Michel Basquiat- simply fascinated Jon. During this time, he was also intrigued by his visit to New Zealand and Australia, where he saw the works of Maori and Aboriginal cultures.

Reluctant 2nd grade question

Jon Stucky - Reluctant 2nd grade question
Jon Stucky – Reluctant 2nd grade question

Jon Stucky graduated in textile design at the The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. While studying, he started to work on projects involving the community arts department of The Cleveland Museum of Art – creating murals and costumes for the events.

Stucky continually explores the relationship between good and evil and the way many different cultures perceive their everlasting fight. His interest for The Mexican festival of Dia De Los Muertos (The day of the Dead) Jon made into his personal trademark.

In his artworks, Jon combines different types of media like oil, acrylic, auto, airbrush, and spray paints combined with charcoal, chalk, and oil pastels.

This artist is represented by 19 Karen Contemporary Artspace.

Jon Stucky lives and works in Ohio.

Featured image: Jon Stucky – Take me to church (detail)
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YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015RED Expressionism Group Show19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLDGroup
2014Muskingum College ShowNew Concord OhioGroup
2014Tuscarawas Center for the ArtsNew Philadelphia, OhioGroup
2014NeST Gallery ShowBarnards Castle, UKGroup
2014Open Space showLondon, EnglandGroup
2013The StacksAtlanta, GeorgiaSolo
2013Art Basel Pop Up ShowMiami, FloridaGroup
2013Lois Lambert Gallery showSanta Monica, CaliforniaGroup
2013Picassowhat Gallery showRockland, MaineGroup
2008FELTCleveland Heights, OhioSolo
20072nd April Galerie showCanton, OhioGroup
2006Outsider Art FairLyon FranceGroup
2006The ClinicPittsburgh PennsylvaniaSolo
2005Primitive KoolSan Diego, CaliforniaSolo
2005NIKEBarcelona, SpainSolo
2005IngenuityCleveland, OhioGroup
2001House of BluesOrlando, FloridaGroup
2000Grovewood Gallery showAsheville, North CarolinaGroup
1999House of BluesMyrtle Beach, South CarolinaGroup
1999Obsidian Gallery showTucson, ArizonaGroup
1999Jon StuckyZebulon Gallery, Burnsville, North CarolinaSolo
1998Jon StuckyMinds Eye Gallery, Atlanta GeorgiaSolo
1998American Crafts Gallery showShaker Heights, OhioGroup
1998TWIST Gallery showPortland, OregonGroup
1998King Street Gallery showCharleston, S.C.Group
1997Main Street Gallery showClayton, GeorgiaGroup
1997Signature Shop showAtlanta, GeorgiaGroup
1997Obsidian Gallery showTucson, ArizonaGroup
1997New Stone AgeWest Hollywood, CaliforniaGroup
1996Wayne Center for the Arts showWooster, OhioGroup
1996Jon StuckyHayden Gallery, Burnsville, North CarolinaSolo
1995Jon StuckyPortland Center for Contemporary Craft, Portland, OregonSolo
1995Penland School of Craft showPortland, OregonGroup