MartinJon Creative History

MartinJon is an autodidact, learning comes about through a natural curiosity that he holds about a wide range of subjects. He was first able to discover this through his art practice. Before that, MartinJon had believed that life was about being either "right" or "wrong." That being the case, due to poor grades and a lack of interest in what others deemed valuable, he perceived himself as "wrong." Since then however MartinJon has discovered that it wasn't he that was wrong, but it was the system.

 

Today we can see that the message is clear, you are unique and have something to offer. Below you will find a number of projects that MartinJon has offered. He created and followed these ideas because they meant something to him, even if he couldn't explain why at the time. You can see how these projects all bled into one another and lead him to where he is today helping others have faith in what they have to offer and recovering themselves bit by bit every day. 

Portrait Project

Portraits have been at the heart of my practice since the very beginning. This project has guided me to all that I am today. It started by helping me ...

Figurative Narrative

These large paintings were done between 2000 and 2005 during my early sobriety. They were an invaluable aid in the work I was doing trying to move my ...

Quibdo Watercolors

This is a series of Watercolors done for a show in Quibdo, Columbia. This series brings to the fore deep relationship with one another as well as our ...

TRANSfiguration

A feature length documentary on Trans people in Ministry. This has yet to be completed and is currently on a back burner to my Recover Yourself work. ...

Non-Judgmental Watercolors

Painting has a huge history that we, as painters, can never escape. I use watercolor as a way to step away from the grand idea of painting and give my ...

Our Cultural Center

A 30-episode Web Series about a cultural center that struggles to stay afloat. My concept for this production was to show how the golden age of art ma ...

Pet Portraits

I have run across a lot of artists that have quite the distain for pet portraiture, but I have found, and been so happy to discover that, Pet portrait ...

Stencils

This was a great series I did with spray paint on prepared paper. I had had a relationship with graffiti for a long time and as I reimagined my relati ...

Home Renderings

During a time when property was a hot commodity MartinJon worked with realtors to provide paintings of homes being bought and sold. This was a way of ...

Block Prints

This suite of 12 prints was done after my first major break-up. Still in active addiction I used these to wallow in my own misery which helped me cont ...

Footballers

As a huge footy fan, I have found making paintings based on soccer players or by just doing paintings of footballers brought me a lot of joy. I try no ...

ChicagoArts

ChicagoArts was my first foray into video. These were interviews of people involved in the business of art in and around Chicago. From artists, galler ...