Jon Christopher Gernon
My work draws from pieces of the past. Using elements associated with symbolism, Mythology and Magic realism, I blend history with contemporary figures and ideas. With my work, I try to bring the use of classical techniques and subject matter into the 21st century. In doing so, I allow my art to tell stories, but stories the viewer could construct on their own, unconstrained by whatever my ideas of the stories are. In the end, I’m simply trying to make a beautiful image, regardless of whether or not some would consider that to be kitschy or sentimental.
Jon Gernon’s work has been included in over seventy group and solo exhibitions in the past fifteen years. In 2015 his work was part of the traveling Imaginaire: Contemporary Magic Realism Exhibition inDenmark, England, and the United States. In 2019 he will be part of the Attleboro Arts Museums major exhibition Nature & Narrative. Selected work has been included in such exhibitions as; En Point:Drawing From History :Historic Northampton Museum, Beautifully Strange at The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY, Past/Present: The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Lustorus Lines: Metalpoint Drawing at The Morris Graves Museum , Eureka, CA, Contemporary Icons: Tempera at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, Art Connections: the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, The Katherine Butler Gallery in Sarasota, FL, The New Jersey Arts Incubator Program in West Essex, NJ, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. His work is in private and corporate collections in The United States, Canada & Europe.