Jon MacNair‘s art has the dynamic of being accessible, yet uneasy; approachable, yet dubious as far as scope. When he’s not creating extra-world’s with unknown half-creatures and eyeballs, he’s accessing a part of the illustration market that needs a singular mind to convey the realities of a system inspired by color and applique. His flexibility when moving from freelance illustration work to fine art, is seamless and impressive – I feel drawn in by his stuff, yet compelled to think a bit more….and isn’t that what art is for in the first place?
My basic rule of thumb is – if the artist seems to have a cohesive vision, it’s probably worth getting inside their head. Visions of parallel worlds with similar dilemma’s, shows me a curiosity and intensity of mind that almost always yields great work. In this case, it definitely has. I am happy to have been able to talk to Jon about his work, the ideas that inform his artistic lens, and the possibilities for a dude who’s not afraid to let his suspicion inform his practice.
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