Pew Fellow of the Week: An Interview with Visual Artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase


Pew Fellow Jonathan Lyndon Chase working with The Fabric Workshop and Museum (FWM) print project coordinator Zack Ingram on designing print pattern Bending $ag during residency at FWM, 2019. Photo by Carlos Avendaño.

Our “Pew Fellow of the Week” series focuses on the artistic lives of our Pew Fellows: their aspirations, influences, and creative challenges.

Visual artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase (2019) spoke to us about their art-making routine and the artists, early experiences, and aspects of Philadelphia culture that most influence their work.

Chase’s vivid, gestural portraits employ painting, collage, and drawing to reflect the complexities of Black and queer identity. They have described the subjects of their portraits as “friends and family or my own reflection,” and they create 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. Their recent exhibitions include Wind Rider at Company Gallery in New York and their first solo museum exhibition, Big Wash, which is on view at The Fabric Workshop and Museum January 2–June 6, 2021. Chase also contributed, along with a number of other Pew Fellows, to Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists, a survey of essays and artworks from contemporary Black artists.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase Q&A Block 1

Jonathan Lyndon Chase Q&A Block 2

For whom do you make your work? 

LGBTQueer Black people. 

What piece of art has resonated most for you during the past several months? 

I have been really into the work of Shikeith. They're a multidisciplinary artist primarily working in installation and photography. Their work lives in our home, titled Prince, 2019. Their recent body of work centers around ideas and feeling about queerness, Blackness, and baptism. 


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