Jonathan Thunder (painter, digital media artist
Jonathan Thunder is a painter and digital media artist currently residing in Duluth, Minnesota. He has attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Visual Effects and Motion Graphics from the Art Institutes International Minnesota. His work has been featured in many state, regional, and national exhibitions, as well as in local and international publications. Thunder has won several first place awards in SWAIA’s annual Class ‘X’ Moving Images competition for animation and experimental film.
The images I paint are the dreamscape representation of the seen world I cohabitate everyday in my life and journey. The characters in my paintings come to me as any dream would, as messengers and pivotal roles that carry out the story. They change identities and faces just as fluidly as most of the characters in our lives change on a daily basis with and without notice or reason. It is the constant evolution and state of change that keeps this dream world interesting. I cross paths with each scene depicted in each painting and it is recorded in my canvas journal. These are my scrapbook entries and the narrative to my life-story.