february, 2018

thu01feb6:00 pmwed04apr(apr 4)8:00 pmFirst Thursdays with Jonathan McAfee(february 1) 6:00 pm - (april 4) 8:00 pm Evansville Museum


February 1 (Thursday) 6:00 pm - April 4 (Wednesday) 8:00 pm


Evansville Museum

411 S.E. Riverside Drive Evansville, Indiana 47713-1098

Event Details

The Evansville Museum Gift Shop will host Jonathan McAfee on Thursday, February 1, 2018 from 6:00–8:00 PM. First Thursdays give an opportunity for the public to meet the artist and find out about his or her inspiration and art techniques. First Thursdays are free and open to the public. Appetizers and a cash bar will be available.
In conjunction with First Thursdays, Nance Galleries will host an artist reception the following Friday. Artist reception will be on Friday, February 2, 2018 from 5:00–7:00 PM at Nance Galleries.

Artist Bio

Jonathan McAfee approaches his art as an abstract impressionistic painter who just happens to paint people he finds fascinating and because he enjoys painting them. He uses energetic painting techniques to lay down paint quickly with rapid brush strokes using vibrant colors. He is about the process of painting. Keeping the method loose, he can develop a painting’s composition in about 4 to 5 hours on a good day. He then builds on layers with texture and brush stroke squiggles that create the abstracted image when looking at a close proximity. Further away the paintings appear more as portraiture.

Artistically speaking, Portraiture painting is a representation of the subject. An image created to represent the person using clues as to whom that person is and what they might enjoy doing. It can portray that person’s personality. As McAfee approaches his subjects, they lend him their features or expressions. He creates an image that is compelling and relatable to the viewer. The images have personality that he has applied to them.

Originally a native of Indianapolis, Jonathan McAfee decided he had achieved all he was going to there so he quit his day job as a Marketing/PR person. As he and his wife were looking for a new hometown, they visited Denver and fell in love. Now, he is a full-time artist and continues to make strides with his work. In the beginning, his paintings were very much about the representation and now he is breaking down the image. As he continues to hone his skills, the artistic results have morphed and grown.

McAfee attended the Herron School of Art and Design (Indiana University) earning a Bachelor of Fine Art in Painting. He has had numerous exhibitions, group and solo. He is an established artist with work in public and private collections here and abroad. His most recent creations will be on display in the Museum Gift Shop Art Sales Gallery starting February 1, 2018 until April 4, 2018. For more information contact Joycelyn Todisco at 812 425-2406 ext. 238 or jtodisco@emuseum.org.