I’m a painter and illustrator interested in exploring the gap between in the promise of America and the actual realities of this country. My work takes a critical, if sometimes ironic and humorous tone. For my current series, BURNING, I probe some of the same themes of my previous work while going in a very different aesthetic direction. Inspired from old snapshots, I explore images culled from America in the 1950s through to the 1970s. I consider all the paintings in the series to be fragments of individual quotidian moments of suburban life that make up a larger narrative, one where disaster lurks just beyond the frame.
Jonathan Crow is a Bay Area-based artist and writer who received an MFA in filmmaking from the California Institute of the Arts. In 2013, he started Veeptopus, a series of watercolor portraits of every U.S. vice president. His work was featured on BuzzFeed, Huffington Post, and the New York Times. Recently, he started working on the oil paint series BURNING which combines images of American nostalgia with a mood of anxiety and imminent disaster.