Artist of the Month April 2018: Jonathan Hunt
I'm pleased to introduce you to Jonathan Hunt, a printmaker, and Artist out of Huntington Beach, CA. The dimensionality of his work is quite mesmerizing, as he focuses primarily on Op Art. I had the pleasure of interviewing with him this month, and he is our featured artist of the month for April!
"Our perceptions vary inspiring an infinite amount of feelings and ideas. Continual exploration of the veracities of life, brings new discoveries of depth and dimension to my work."
How did you get started with Printmaking?
I was interested in design and graphics, so when I went to college I signed up for a silk screen course. Love and first pull. I eagerly signed up again for silkscreen two. Professor Brian Conley suddenly decided to retire, but the class was taken over by Vinita Voogd (professor at Golden West College), a well-established and talented printmaker, mentor and friend. So to answer your question, with the open mind and experience of Professor Voogd, I fell in love with the techniques, process, and the possibilities.
What is your preferred medium and subject matter?
My passion is with relief and monotype/monoprints techniques of printing. I am constantly learning new and more in-depth processes to push myself, and open my range of possibilities. My subject matter focuses on optical illusions (OP art), line and depth, and the power those elements have in expressing my ideas and perceptions.
Awesome. So what do you love most about Printmaking?
The techniques, process and the possibilities. As well as, the unpredictability that occurs, giving me new and exciting directions to experiment.
What do you struggle with most in your work?
I would say there are many struggles in printmaking; bad inking, miss registration and things that you never expected. So the constant and almost unpredictable factors, make me more interested to master the techniques and build on printmaking.
Is printmaking/art what you do full-time?
A dream and what I strive for. I would love to create art full-time, but at this moment I attend California State University Long Beach (CSULB) getting my Bachelors in Fine Art (BFA) in Printmaking. I work and make art when I am not doing those. The last few years I have really pushed myself in my practice, exhibitions, galleries, and shows. What I realized is that being an artist and doing it full-time will have many responsibilities. With those responsibilities, comes great opportunity. So I will keep pushing and doing what I love.
You provided some examples of your work. Can you tell us about them?
These works range in various ways, but give an idea of the never-ending possibilities of printmaking.
Where can our readers find out more about you online?
Festival of Arts: https://www.foapom.com/portfolio-items/jonathan-hunt/
Is there anything else that you would like our readers to know?
Do what you love.
A big thank you again to Jonathan Hunt for interviewing with us! It's amazing to see such wonderful work being created, and such an interesting perspective shown.
Thank you, our readers, for taking time out of your day and sharing in Jonathan's art and perspective! Please leave a comment with your thoughts and get a discussion going! This is a wonderful opportunity to bring some minds together!
If you're interested in being a featured artist, contact me at JustPrintmaking@gmail.com
I feature a new artist every month through an interview process similar to this.