Jonathan Guy Gladding
In November 2005 JAG won the “Best of America 2005” Show, National Association of Oil and Acrylic Painters Society Bolivar, Missouri. Four months prior to that he received first place in the July 2005 New England Exhibition Cape Cod Art Association Barnstable, Massachusetts. An adopted son to St. Lucia, his home is in a small culturally rich southern village where he initially served as a Peace Corp volunteer woodwork instructor at a village primary school from 1999. It was there that JAG found true artistic inspiration. An unending supply of rich subject matter all illuminate by a quality of light he had never experienced. Abandoning his cubist style of painting, he started to work in realism. JAG felt it was best suited to communicate and paint the feelings and ideas that he wants to share. It is JAG’s desire to tell a story in details whether it’s about the warmth and spirit of the Caribbean or something as simple as the way in which the reflected light colours the edge of a child’s face. He also finds artistic inspiration in the work of old masters like Jan Vermeer. In January 2003, Jonathon was chosen as the artist of the month by The Artist’s Magazine, the world’s leading magazine for serious active artists with a circulation of 200,000. Art to Jonathan is the opportunity to record and communicate the human experience.