My work draws from pieces of the past. Using elements associated with symbolism, mythology and magic realism, I blend history with contemporary ideas & beauty.
With the work, I bring the use of classical techniques and subject matter into the 21st century. In doing so, I allow my art to tell stories, but stories the viewer could construct on their own, unconstrained by whatever my ideas are. In the end I'm simply trying to make a beautiful image.
My paintings are made in a traditional renaissance manner utilizing an egg tempera & oil glazing layering technique on panels. Grinding my own pigments, mediums, varnish and substrates, I feel closer to the rich history attributed with the artists of the past.
The technique I employ makes the work shine with layers of light bouncing off the under-painted surface like stained glass.
Jon Gernon’s work has been included in over forty group and solo exhibitions in the past fifteen years. In 2015 his silverpoint drawings were part of the exhibition Lustrous Lines: Metalpoint Drawings Exhibition at The Morris Graves Museum of Fine Arts in Eureka, CA. In 2014 his work was part of the traveling Imaginaire: Contemporary Magic Realism Exhibition in Denmark, England, and the United States. Selected work has been included in such exhibitions as; Beautifully Strange at The Clement Art Gallery, Troy, NY, Past/Present: The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, Contemporary Icons: Tempera at Westfield State College in Massachusetts, Art Connections: the George Segal Gallery at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, The Katherine Butler Gallery in Sarasota, FL, The New Jersey Arts Incubator Program in West Essex, NJ, The Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. His work is in private and corporate collections in The United States, Canada & Europe.