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JON FLAMING (Am. 20th Cent.)
Opening Thursday, September 1, 2016 at DDFA:
MEAT | A Visual Narrative of Texas BBQ, Steakhouses & Burger Drive-ins
Jon Flaming has created a new series of paintings based on the ever-popular and sacred southern fare, and when in Texas, cow is king, barbeque. Flaming has been researching far and wide across the state to seek inspiration to create this bright and colorful series of oil paintings, highlighting everything from off the beaten path barbeque dives, to popular and renowned tastemakers. He captures the culture of the tradition, and pride of the craft, as well as the delight experienced by devoted patrons with his signature iconic imagery.
Jon’s painting style has evolved over time, but the style of these pieces maintains his folk art style with simple swashes of color. Within this series are a group of paintings in which Jon uses house paint and etches to reveal colors below. The effect is intriguing and simple at the same time, which mirrors the simplicity, yet layered facets of barbeque flavors and spices that are sacred to some of the restaurants he features.
Please join us for the show which runs from September 1 through October 3, all at David Dike Fine Art in Dallas.
Jon Flaming was born on December 2, 1962 in Wichita, Kansas. His family moved to Texas in 1968. By the age of 5 Jon began drawing and has had a desire to create in one form of another since. Visits to his grandparent’s Kansas ranch as a boy made a strong impression. It was here that Jon first experienced small town America and the rural countryside and began to capture its unique character and beauty with his camera and sketchbook.
By the time Jon was sixteen and able to drive, he took every opportunity to get out of town and hit the backloads with the hope of discovering as many small towns in Texas as possible. With map and camera in hand, he went in search of abandoned houses, filling stations churches people, courthouses, cafes and critters. His collection of photographs began to grow and today he has thousands of pictures of places all over the state that he uses as reference for his paintings. Primarily self-taught, Jon’s work has been influenced by a number of artists including William Lester, Everett Spruce, Otis Dozier, Stuart Davis and Marsden Hartley. He works in oil, acrylic and also found materials.
In 1985 Jon graduated from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in design and for the last 30 years has been creating award-winning images and branding campaigns for many clients including Neiman Marcus, Pizza Hut, The John Wayne Cancer Foundation, The John Wayne Film Festival, Forbes, JCPenneys, FedEx, MiltonBradley and Pepsi. His work has been recognized and published by numerous organizations including Communication Arts, Print Magazine, Graphis, and the Society of Illustrators.
Jon’s fine art is the permanent collection of the Tyler Museum of Art, the Grace Museum in Abilene and also the San Angelo Museum of Fine Art. His work is also in many private and public collections and has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows.
Jon lives in Richardson, Texas with his wife Kathy. They have three grown children, (Hanna (married to Preston), Jake (married to Chelsea) and Mary Margaret.
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BIO: Jon Flaming is a multi-disciplined artist who is a designer, illustrator, and painter. He started Jon Flaming Design in
1993 and has created award-winning design campaigns and illustrations for a number of clients including Neiman
Marcus, Milton Bradley, JC Penney, Pizza Hut, FedEx, HP and Pepsi.
Jon's fine art focuses on small town Texas and the Southwest. He is self-taught and works in a number of media,
including oil, acrylic and found materials. Everett Spruce, William Lester, Otis Dozier, Stuart Davis, Picasso and Cezanne are a few of the artists who have influenced Jon's work. The Grace Museum in Abilene and the Tyler
Museum of Art both have Jon’s paintings in their permanent collections. His work is also included in many important
private collections and has been shown in numerous solo exhibitions. Currently, a documentary about Jon’s work is
being filmed by Texas filmmaker Chris Mano. Recently, Jon's painting of Prince Albert Hunt was featured in the Oxford American Magazine.
Jon lives in Richardson with his wife, Kathy. They have three grown children.
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