Those of you who follow me here know that I have fallen in love with my friend Jonathan Robinson and his fabulous place in the Loire Valley, Moulin Bregeon. But did you also know that he’s an artist of international renown? Yup, he is.
With a B.A., a M.A. and Masters in fine Art from University of California Berkeley, Jonathan has shown his work from NYC to Koln, San Francisco to Angers, France. Working in such mediums as oils and Pastels. Most recently he has been creating large works on paper in pastels.
Jonathan’s pastels are larger than life and initially rendered in exquisite detail. He then brushes back over them, to obscure the details, in a process analogous to forgetting a memory. What was once crisp is now a little bit blurry around the edges, but no less beautiful for it. Using brilliant color and classic composition his pastels are stunning.
Those of you who have ever played or worked with pastels knows how difficult this is. They smear, they smudge and it’s so hard to create a clean line, or depth of field and color. It normally takes over a month for Jonathan to complete one small pastel 6″ X 10″ approx., and up to several months to create his larger works which go up to 4′ x 6′.
He has sold roughly over 200 original pastels to date. He’s taken some of his best ones and has transformed them in to high quality, signed prints, now more easily available to the public. These prints are being produced right here where I live in Sebastopol (small world, n’est pas?), at Skylark Images. Printed at the original sizes on 100% cotton, thick acid free, archival quality paper, they will be a joy to their owners for generations to come!
All proceeds from his paintings and prints go to restoring his 12th century to late 19th century country village of Linières-Bouton, located in the Loire Valley; and currently undergoing phase 2 of …however many phases it takes to actually restore a whole town! Wouldn’t you love to own a fabulous piece of art, that makes a statement of style and color, and know that you’ve helped to keep a little bit of this historic town intact?
To actually purchase one of his prints for yourself, as a gift or for a client, you can contact me directly, and I will have all the information, from price to size, and can get it shipped to you directly from the printer. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 707-481-9015.
Meet Jonathan in the video below and hear just a hint of what he thinks when he produces his art.