From large scale installations to tiny works on paper, Jonathan Kent Adams presents his paintings in traditional and unorthodox ways. This presentation allows for viewers to imagine those who do not follow social constructions existing alongside those who do. “I love the unfinished moments and unconventional presentation. Those moments allow viewers a place to be themselves,” said Adams. Adams’ work places emphasis on the figure, but also explores communication through still life, video, found objects, and poetry. Similar to contemporary artist, Lesley Dill, Adams creates realities that stem from words he encounters. His work encourages self-discovery amid traditions that often deny the outsider’s existence.
Jonathan received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting in 2014 from the University of Mississippi. He studied under Mary Beth McKenzie at the Art Student's League of New York in 2012. He currently resides and makes work in Oxford, Mississippi.
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Winter Art Exhibit, Gallery 130, Oxford, MS. 2013
Secret Art Show, Yoknapatawpha Arts Counsel, Oxford, MS. 2013
One Night Stand: Motel Art Show, Curated Erin Austen Abbott. 2014
Summer Art Exhibit, Curated Jere Alle. Gallery 130. Oxford, MS. 2014
Sacrosanct: BFA Thesis Exhibit, Gallery 130, Oxford, MS. 2014
Secret Art Show, Yoknapatawpha Arts Counsel, Oxford, MS. 2014
Mississippi Collegiate Art Show, Curated Jean Donegan. 2015
One Night Stand: Motel Art Show, Curated Erin Austen Abbott. 2015
GIRLS ART SHOW, group art exhibit. Oxford, MS. 2015
Heartlines: Black+White Exhibit, Yoknapatawpha Arts Counsel. 2015
Art Gaysel: #OBSESSED, Curated Alexander Guerra. Miami, FL. 2015
Voted Oxford's Favorite Artist for 2015
Splinter: A Group Exhibit. Columbus, MS. 2016
One Night Stand: Motel Art Show, Curated Erin Austen Abbott. 2016
Flesh/Spirit: Solo Exhibit at Amelia Presents. Water Valley, MS. 2017
Art Gaysel: Ménage à Trois. Curated by Alexander Guerra. Maimi, Fl. 2017
Bozart's Miniature Show. Bozarts Gallery. Water Valley, MS. 2017.
Winter Group Exhibit. Southside Gallery. Oxford, MS. 2018
publications & Film
Featured Artist. The Daily Mississippian. 2014.
Featured Artist. The Oxford Eagle. 2014.
Cover Art for Assaracus: A Journal of Gay Poetry Vol. 12. 2015
Artist Spotlight. The Local Voice. February, 2016.
Featured at the Oxford Film Fest in Layers: A Documentary by Christina Huff. 2016.
Cover Art for DIG by Bryan Borland. 2016
Featured Artist in JARRY MAG of Brooklyn, NY. Issue #2. 2016
Featured Artist in DIME magazine of Hattiesburg, MS. Vol.2 No.7
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