Jonathan Sutton


I am interested in using a multidisciplinary art practice to buck the medium I'm in by transfusing it with influences better suited elsewhere. Making films on a canvas, assembling a progressing narrative within a single shot … I draw from theatre, film, literature, photography, and visual art, combining these influences into a kind of Situational Surrealism – an un-distorted rendering of a distorted event.

Meanwhile your own various haunts compel the mix … I'm not trying to be obscure by leaving the epilogue ajar, but wouldn't we better enjoy jumping the synapse gap between our parallel universes than me sending you little frozen bento boxes from the confines of infinite space? As Braque said, "I can explain everything about this painting  … except what really matters about it".

Oh and uh … the-very-act-of-spending-hours-at-a-stretch-attending-a-meticulous-but-not-altogether-practical-task-is-itself-the-very-act, that sort of thing.

Education
1997    BFA University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC
1996    BA English University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC

Awards
2010   Critic’s / Curator’s Choice Award, Beverly Owens Project, Toronto, ON
2001   First Place, Viewer Voted Art Show, DV8, Vancouver,BC

Exhibitions
2012    Gallery Fukai, (m)use - Phantoms In The Front Yard Group Show, Vancouver BC
2011    Cultch Gallery, The Committed, Two Person Show, Vancouver BC
2011    NoMass Non-Profit Pop-Up Gallery, If You Make Art In A Forest, Vancouver BC
2011    Art For Life, Group Art Auction Fundraiser, Rocky Mountaineer Station, Vancouver BC
2011    Elliott Louis Gallery, Emergence 2011, Group Show curated by Lynn Ruscheinsky, Vancouver BC
2011    Drawn Festival, Live Artist Opening Night, Vancouver BC
2011    Fraser Valley Biennale, Abbotsford BC
2011    Grey Area Gallery, Ongoing Group Show, Chilliwack BC
2010    Cultch ,This Is Really It Two-Person Show, Vancouver, BC
2010    Grey Area Gallery, Summer Group Show, Chilliwack BC
2010    Beverly Owens Project, Envy Group Show, Toronto, ON
2009    Beverly Owens Project, Lust Group Show, Toronto, ON
2009    Grey Area Gallery, Fall Group Show, Chilliwack BC
2009    Waterfront Salon, Artist-Run Event, Vancouver, BC
2009    Grey Area Gallery, Summer Group Show, Chilliwack BC
2001    DV8, Artist Run Group Show, Vancouver, BC
Lecturing/Publications
2011 - 2012   Realism In The 21st Century, Elliott Louis Gallery Lecture Series, Vancouver, ongoing