Jonathon Lee Shannon was born in Eden, NC on September 28, 1991. He spent most of

his adolescents growing up in North Carolina. Jonathon was bullied a lot as a child and used art to get away. When Jonathon was fourteen he was bitten in the face by a great dane, which changed his life forever. He almost lost his vision from the dog bite, but lucky recovered after weeks in the hospital. Jonathon truly understood to not the gift of sight and started using his vision to create.  Soon after he moved to upstate New York to his Mother’s military duty station. This move sparked his curiosity to travel peaked his interest in the creation of art.

             After finishing high school, he attended community college until he decided whether to pursue a career in Art, Math, or Science. In the end, he chose and was accepted to attend Savannah College of Art and Design. One of his mission was to travel to each location and see the works of another great artist who came before him. Hewas the first painting student to attend all four SCAD campuses at Savannah, Atlanta, France, and Hong Kong. During his trips, he would fully immerse himself into this new environment to paint plein-air and capture the essence of the place with each stroke on the canvas. Each place brought in new elements and landscapes to study. This pushed him to practice new styles and techniques of the masters. He traveled to attend many of the available lectures, workshops, galleries, and museums. This is when he started to alter his own methods and his own style began to take shape.

Over the years, Jonathon has used many combinations of styles to improve on his own

called Reverse Reality. He reverses organic forms into geometric shapes and manmade

(geometric) forms into organic brush strokes. Jonathon has now moved to NYC to take his career to the next level. He now works as a project coordinator at Overall Murals and paints every chance he gets. 

Price Range: $400-990

EDUCATION

  • 2012–2016             B.F.A Painting, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Savannah, GA

  • Fall 2014               SCAD Hong Kong Study Abroad, Hong Kong, China 

  • Fall 2013              SCAD Lacoste Study Aboard, Lacoste, France

  • 2013                     Anderson Ranch Art Center Summer Workshop, Snowmass Village, CO 

  • 2010-2012             Jefferson Community College (JCC), Watertown, NY 

 

EXPERIENCE

  • 2018                      Live Painting, 50thAdversary, Viridian Gallery, New York, NY

  • 2017                      Live Painting, Everybody tour: Logic, Red Hat Theater, Raleigh, NC

  • 2015                      Patrick Dougherty, Botanical Gardensinstallation assistant, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2015                      Xu Bing, SCAD Define Art Exhibition installment assistant, Savannah, GA

 

WORK HISTORY

 

  • 2018                      Project Coordinator, Overall Murals, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2018                      Project Manager, Audrey Signs, New York, NY

  • 2016-2017           Art TeacherDouglas Byrd Middle, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2016                      Production Assistant. Signarama, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2015-2016          Painting Instructor, Wine, Paint, Create, Hope Mills, NC

  • 2012-2015          Cashier, Food Lion, St. Pauls, NC

  • 2013-2014          Landscaping Assistant, Sandy Landscaping, Greensboro/Elizabethtown, NC

  • 2012                     Cook, Zachary’s Pizza, St. Pauls, NC

  • 2011–2012          Replenishment team member, Michael’s Crafts, Fayetteville, NC         

  • 2010–2011          Team Member, Taco Bell Restaurant, Evans Mills, NY

  • 2008–2009       Crew Member, Burger King Restaurant, Fort Drum, NY  

  • 2007                    Salesperson, Zumiez, Watertown, NY  

 

PUBLICATIONS
 

  • 2017                      Downtown Art Walkabout, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2017                      “All-American Weekend Downtown”, Weekender, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2017                      Art Walkabout, Fayetteville Observer, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2016                      Abstracting Landscapes, Savannah Art Informer, Savannah, GA

  • 2014                      Art Walk, Fayetteville Observer, Hope Mills, NC

 

 

AWARDS

 

  • 2018                      1stplace Salon Show, The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2015                      Student Award, SAA Plein-air Paint out, Savannah, GA

  • 2015                      Rock Shop Artist of the Month, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2014                      SCAD Pad Selected Resident, Atlanta, GA

  • 2014                     Josh Yu Chinese Painting Scholarship, Savannah, GA

  • 2014- 2015            Tiffani Taylor Painting Scholarship, Savannah, GA

  • 2014                       2ndplace Sand Castle Contest: SCAD Sand Arts Festival Tybee Island, GA

  • 2013- 2015             Jane C. Thurber Scholarship, Savannah, GA

  • 2013                     Hard-Edge Painting & Abstraction Scholarship, Snowmass Village, CO

  • 2012-2015            Dean’s List, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

 

  • 2017          Fast Food in Reverse Reality, Sweet Palette Gallery, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2016          A Reversed Reality,Gallery 116th, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2015          Livin It NYC Hi International Hostels, New York, NY 

  • 2015          Hong Kong TravelsSweet Plate Gallery, Fayetteville, NY

  • 2015          ReversismSycamore Place Gallery, Atlanta, GA

  • 2014         Biography without WordsOne West Victory Gallery, Savannah, GA

 

 

GROUP EXHIBITIONS

 

  • 2018          Salon Show Competition, The Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, NY

  • 2017          Title Fight, Gallery 116th, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2017          Surrounding Landscapes, SCAD Gallery, Hong Kong, China

  • 2016          An Overwhelming Imagination, Gallery 116th, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2015          Sassy, Tyler White O’Brien Gallery, Greensboro, NC

  • 2015          Savannah Plein-air Painters, Telfair Museum. Savannah, GA

  • 2015          Flattened Time, The Porch, Savannah, GA

  • 2015          Open Studio, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA

  • 2015          Define Art, Alexander Hall, Savannah, GA

  • 2015          Ubiquitous Forms, Wit’s End Gallery, Savannah, GA 

  • 2015          Cabin Fever, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2014          Immediate SurroundingGustein Gallery, Savannah, GA 

  • 2014         Bull Street Art Exhibition, Savannah, GA 

  • 2013         VernisaggeExhibition Lacoste, France

 

 

FUNDRASIERS

  • 2018          For the Love Of Art, VAE 34thannual Gala, Raleigh, NC

  • 2017          For the Love Of Art, VAE 33rdannual Gala, Raleigh, NC

  • 2016          Crayons Matter fundraiser, Tyler White O'Brien Gallery, Greensboro, NC

  • 2016          Goose Island Migration Tour, Art Rise Savannah Fundraiser, Savannah, GA

  • 2016          Savannah Children's Choir fundraiser, Selected Artist, Savannah, GA 

  • 2015          Gallery Expresso Charity for Mental Health, Savanah, GA

  • 2014          SCAD Annual Gala Scholarship, Savannah, GA

 

 

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

 

  • 2017              Art Park Murals, Encore Academy, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2017              Arts and Entertainment, programming committee, Fayetteville, NC

  • 2015              HeArt, Art therapy at local hospitals, Savannah, GA

  • 2015              It’s All on Paper, SCAD drawing club Savannah, GA

  • 2012-14         Local Color Club, SCAD painting club,  Savannah, GA

  • 2013                SCAD Career Fair Volunteer, Savannah, GA

  • 2012-15         Kids Café, creating arts with local elementary schools, Savannah, GA

  • 2012              Habitat for Humanity, Savannah, GA          

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