“Solitary Lotus” © Jon Friedman
Name: Jon Friedman
Bio: My first encounter with the work of Jon Friedman was in the pages of the Pastel Journal, December 2010. Now and again one has the jolt and the joy of seeing something unexpected, unanticipated, and frankly inexplicable in a medium with which one had become comfortable, one saw as predictable – and then some Friedman jumps out of the pastel box and shouts “Boo” – and don’t we all need this experience to keep us keen and fresh and on our toes.
Jon Friedman attended the Corcoran Museum School in 1968 to study printmaking; the following year was spent in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture while taking his BA in Philosophy at Princeton. In 1971 he graduated from Cranbrook Academy of Art with an MFA in painting and sculpture. He was immediately appointed Visiting Lecturer in Art in Connecticut College until 1977, during which period he acted as Invited Lecturer in the Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institute. His resumé from then till now is too long to rehearse – you may see it on his website, but you may take it that his exhibitions, awards and representation in private and national collections are numerous and prestigious. However, briefly, I can say that Friedman's work is displayed in mural and sculpture form at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York; he was granted a Residency Grant at the Ossabaw Island Project in Georgia; and he was a University Scholar for Princeton University. He has held solo exhibitions in New York, Washington D.C., Chicago, and Santa Monica, California and his work is displayed in such prominent and diverse corporate collections as American Telegraph & Telephone, the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C., the American Broadcasting Company in New York, and Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceuticals.
Medium: Pastel; oil; sculpture.
Technique : Jon Friedman uses all the tools at his disposal—everything from pastel and Flashe paint to sandpaper and a spray bottle—to capture his creative vision. C/f the Pastel Journal, December 2010 for more.
Subjects: (in pastel) Nature; Landscape
Style: Representational – hyperrealism.
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Gallery: Paintings; Portraits (some pastels); Sculpture; Works on paper and Pastels.
Note: there are sub-galleries in these categories; I am concerned only with the Pastel Gallery in this blog.
Image View: Two pages of thumbnails that may be enlarged, and scrolled by clicking on image on screen. Information in provided in column on left of screen. Download is possible. Solitary Lotus is 48 x 66 ins., 700 x 506, 82 KB; Charcoal and pastel.