Art Young Artists 2020

Jonathan Lyndon Chase Prolifically Captures The People of Philadelphia

Jonathan Lyndon Chase. Self-portrait, courtesy of artist.
Jonathan Lyndon Chase. Self-portrait, courtesy of artist.

Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s paintings are propelled by the same extraordinary force that stirs typhoons out of still air. In the 31-year-old’s ecstatic compositions, bodies dissolve into desire; they bruise and bloom, don cowboy hats, Nikes and sometimes gold chains. It’s difficult to say anything definitive about the scenes Chase chooses to depict because the artist’s appetite for our world is so unlimited; but regardless of what corner of life they turn their brush on—be it a bathtub, a football game, maybe a motorcycle—the content immediately takes on biblical proportion. Besides that, everything seems to be fair game, though one generalization does emerge, however hazily: in the pictures that comprise the artist’s prolific output, there is not a single moment of hate.

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