Jonathan Lyndon Chase

2019 PEW FELLOW
Updated
21 Oct 2019

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase sits half-reclined on a short blue chaise lounge in their studio, a large in-progress painting behind them. They have medium-dark skin, close-cut hair, and facial hair. They wear a colorful striped dress, gold hoops, and glasses.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, 2019 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase stands in their studio with their head turned to face the camera. Several large in-process paintings stand behind them. They have med-dark skin, short-cut hair, facial hair, & tattoos and wear a colorful striped dress and gold hoops.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, 2019 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase stands in their studio facing the camera. A bookshelf full of cans of spray paint is just behind them. They have med-dark skin, short-cut hair, facial hair, glasses & tattoos, and wear a colorful striped dress and gold hoops.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, 2019 Pew Fellow. Photo by Ryan Collerd.

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Jonathan Lyndon Chase, sweet gospel men, 2019. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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Pew Fellow Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Helping Hands, 2020; Watercolor, acrylic paint, fabric marker, pen, fabric plastic on paper; 19” x 13.” Courtesy of the artist and Company Gallery, New York.

“The weight of line and volume of color in my paintings are tools to narrate the experience of living as more than one thing at a time…Fluidity is important in the pursuit of freedom.”

Jonathan Lyndon Chase is a visual artist whose vivid, gestural portraits employ painting, collage, and drawing to reflect the complexities of black and queer identity. He describes the subjects of his portraits as “friends and family or my own reflection,” and he creates works that consider both the private and public nature of the body, often conveying intimate domestic scenes or rendering life-size figures in large-scale canvases. Some paintings are further textured with sculptural elements—a heap of dinner plates or a row of shoes—that sweep the environment of the canvas into the viewer’s space. Chase’s work has recently been shown in solo exhibitions at Company Gallery in New York City and Kohn Gallery in Los Angeles, and he was named a “young artist to watch” by Artnet News. Chase holds an MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.