Making art is a strange thing. Artists have an idea, a feeling, a spark and put paint to canvas, clay to form, notes to music and pen to paper. We try to communicate this idea in the hope that the viewer, listener or reader “gets it”. Getting it is where it all goes to hell. Why do we even have to “get it”?
Today the world is filled with such negativity and the access to it is a fingertip away. There are artists that relate their frustration through their work that is sometimes incredibly uplifting and beautiful and sometimes...well, completely depressing and emotionally heavy. The artist and the recipient have different ideas, different thought patterns going on. Sometimes, most of the time in the case of my work it’s very simple; I want you to create a story. I want you the viewer to leave feeling... happy.
This body of work is for you to have ideas and stories. Your own Myths, Fables & Fairy Tales. Don’t be caught up in what the artist has to say but be part of the story and the artwork you see before you. Make believe is a wonderful place to live!
Jon Gernon is a painter, printmaker and independent curator living in the Eastside of Historic Troy, NY. His current works focus on creating modern day fables, allegories and lore.
Jon is a former gallerist and gallery director with over 25 five years of curating and designing exhibitions. His personal work has been included in over seventy group and solo exhibitions including the Attleboro Arts Museum (Attleboro, MA), The Morris Graves Museum (Eureka,CA), The Hyde Collection (Glens Falls, NY), The George Segal Gallery at Montclair State
University (Montclair, NJ). The Kinsey Institute at Indiana State University (Bloomington, In). In 2015 his work was part of the traveling Contemporary Magic Realism Exhibition in Denmark, England, and the United States.
His work has been written about and published in American Art Collector, Fine Art Connoisseur, Art Alternative, Juxtapoz, Southwest Art, Artscope, Wallstreet International & Hyperallergic.
The school of learn what you want to do yourself.
The Laffer Gallery
December 12, 2020 - January 19, 2021
96 Broad St, Schuylerville, NY 12871
August 4 - 28, 2020
The Albany Center Gallery
"Tempera: Narrative & Nature"
Attleboro Art Museum
86 Park Street
2016 Natural Grace - The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
2015 Real & Unreal, July 2015 - The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
2012 Alchemy & Ecstasy – The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
2008 Tableau: Paintings & Drawings – Amrose + Sable Gallery, Albany, NY
2007 Luminous: Egg Tempera Paintings, The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
Group & Juried Exhibitions
2018 Title TBA: 4 Painters - Scarlet Seven Fine Arts - Troy, NY
2017 En Point, Drawing from History - The Northampton Historical Museum - Northampton, MA
2016 Untamed Fauna - Alexi Era Gallery - Portland, OR
2016 Hair Spray & Opinions - Troy, NY - Curated by Jillian Platt
2016 Luster of the Line: Drawings in Metalpoint - The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
2015 Art at the Lakehouse - Lake George, NY
2015 Lustrous Lines: Metalpoint Drawing - Morris Graves Museum of Fine Art, Eureka, CA
2014 The Spell of Light & Shadow – Arts at Denver Gallery, Denver, CO
2014 Strange Figurations – The Limner Gallery, Hudson, NY
2014 Beauty all Around, Everywhere You Look – Arts at Denver Gallery, Denver, CO
2014 of Beauties & Beasts – Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY
2014 The Magic Seven – Lindholm Slot(Castle), Cophenhagen, Denmark
2013 Nurture Art – Bernarducci Meisel Gallery – New York, NY
2013 Past/Present – Works from the Kinsey Institute Collection – Grunwald Gallery of Art, Bloomington,
IN – Curator, Catherine Johnson-Roher
2013 Whimsicality – Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY – Juror – Alana Akaki
2013 Beautifully Strange – The Clement Art Gallery – Troy, NY