“Some of my first memories are of the ocean and the tropics - approaching a waterfall on my dad's shoulders or swimming in Hanauma Bay as a young boy. As I have reimagined those scenes over the last three decades the colors haven’t faded but have instead grown bright and vibrant. In this series at Gallery Mar Carmel I am exploring the ocean landscape. Despite how overly depicted this subject might be, the feelings for me are fresh and alive. Influenced by memories, art history and surf culture, green vignettes and patterned ocean groundswells are constructed and exaggerated. The pictorial space and its forms are stretched, compressed and hyped up. Color palettes overthrow the natural to create new-framed harmonies. In this rhythm the paintings invite new ways of seeing and suspend the expected as the forms stretch, roll and crash.
Jonathan Julien received his MFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA in studio arts from Brigham Young University. He's currently a full time artist working out of Salt Lake City and Baja Mexico. Over the years the ocean and traveling have been important subje... READ MORE