"Column in Ruins, Palenque"
Oil on Canvas.
18" x 14".
Jonathan Ralston - Toledo Native
Every oil painting that I create depicts a real place, most of which I have personally visited. I prefer to stand in the environment myself. It gives me the mood of a space, which I can then capture in my paintings. The Dutch masters, particularly Rembrandt, have influenced my approach to color and light.
I have visited and painted many places over and over again. When the light changes, the mood and energy also change. I especially love the monolithic scale and grandeur that large gothic and Romanesque structures convey.
Exploring our relationship to our architectural surroundings. I look for interesting perspectives, that for me, define the whole space. I try and distill the space down to its emotional/visual/intellectual/spiritual core. For me the repetition of architectural elements and its intersection with light and material are endlessly fascinating.
A native of Toledo, Jonathan Ralston attended Maumee Valley Country Day School. He received his B.A. from Wheaton College (Illinois) in 1992 and has worked as a professional artist since then. Additionally, for 15 years he served as gallery manager for commercial galleries in Naples (Florida) and Martha's Vineyard (Massachusetts).
Since 2007, Ralston's paintings have been included in numerous group exhibitions at prestigious commercial galleries including North Water Gallery, Gardner Colby Gallery, Susan Calloway Fine Art (Washington, D.C.) and Eisenhauer Gallery (Edgartown, Massachusetts), as well as at The Baker Museum of Art (Naples, Florida). In 2018, he participated in the international art competition "ArtPrize," held annually in Grand Rapids, Michigan, across multiple venues including the Grand Rapids Art Museum and the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum. Additionally, his work has been included in the National Oil & Acrylic Painters' Society's (NOAPS) "2018 Spring International On-Line Exhibition" as well as the NOAPS "Holiday Small Works" exhibit in 2017.
He has enjoyed numerous solo exhibitions at North Water Gallery (Edgartown, Massachusetts) in addition to a solo exhibit, "Structures and Spaces" at Old Town Triangle Association (Chicago, Illinois) in 2017. His work is included in multiple corporate collections and published in "100 Boston Painters" (Chawky Frenn, Schiffer Publishing, Ltd., 2012). In 2019, he was honored by his alma mater with a solo exhibit at the Wolfe Gallery, Maumee Valley Country Day School (Toledo, Ohio).
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