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Jonathan West is a Baltimore area artist known for his large expressionist work.  Following his "It's Time To Run Like Hell" series, his "Paintings of Heaven" and vividly painted landscapes, portraits and still lifes employ a brighter, more optimistic pallette and viewpoint.  Jonathan shows actively and paints constantly in different series.  His goal is to capture the essence of a moment and create an object that radiates. Statement: With the occurrence of the death of my... more

Time to Run Like Hell Series

Communication and awareness are of the utmost importance to the artist today. Advances in technology have placed the entire world in our homes and studios and, in my case, spur an empathetic reaction to the world?s tragedies and human foibles, and, specifically, to our inhumanity towards one another.

As a contemporary artist, I cannot separate myself from this place and time. In my paintings I seek to define this reaction in cathartic, expressionistic and poignant notations that reflect on life and the finality of death. In my Time to Run Like Hell series, with titles such I Don?t Want the World, I Just Want Your Half, Nirvana (for Virginia Tech), The Smell of Death, and Buzkashi, I hope to present the viewer with uncomfortable, often horrific, situations in a sympathetic yet striking artistic manner that provokes both thought and compassion. The series extends to natural disasters with work such as Tsunami, The Big Easy, and Earthquake.

Paintings Of Heaven

With the occurrence of the death of my childhood best friend, my paintings evolved from the “It’s Time To Run Like Hell” series to the “Paintings Of Heaven” series. These spirited expressions of light and color express my cathartic impressions of life and the inevitability of death. Often inspired by tragic current events, these paintings are guided by emotion, fate and subconscious spiritual principles.

  • Destiny

    acrylic,canvas,landscape,bright,green ,expressionistic
  • English Garden

    Acrylic,canvas,colorful , floral,landscape,colorful,bright ,insiprational
  • ALOHA

    Acrylic on Canvas , disaster,floral ,colorful,abstract ,expressionistic
  • Flow Blue

    LARGE,acrylic,canvas,abstract,blue,white,space, disaster,mural
  • Captured Angels

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Light, Color, Freedom
  • Sugar Town

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Rhythm, Nature
  • Pretty Land

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Light, Color, Spiritual Awakening
  • We Become Birds When We Die

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Freedom, Hope, Reincarnation
  • Bubbles

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Newtown, Hope
  • More

    Acrylic, Painting, Abstract, Expressionistic, Nature, Power

Nature Morte

This body of work celebrates the age-old tradition of still life painting with a modern twist.
The popularity of these paintings has encouraged me to continue with these smaller works.
I find the intimacy of their creation almost addictive.

Return to Figuration

A recent return of the figure and landscape paintings,including "En plein Air"have enriched and broadened my perspective.I intend to pursue painting the figure in a landscape setting.

  • Falling in Love

    acrylic on cradled board 20" x 16" colorful,landscape,fall,leaves,bright
  • Why No

    acrylic on cradled panel painting of grapes and their essence.
  • The Road to Joy

    acrylic on cradled board 20" x 16" en plein air painting of Tounge Row in Ellicott City,Maryland. Completed in 2 hour time limit. Landscape ,spiritual,colorful
  • The English Garden

    acrylic on canvas 75" x 58" childhood memories of my Grandfathers garden in England. Bright,colorful,floral.
  • Sanctuary

    acrylic on cradled board 16" x 20" en plein air painting of the Icehouse at Liriodendron.
  • Self Portrait

    acrylic on cradled board. searching my inner self
  • Liriodendron-Blood Moon Eclipse

    A painting of Liriodendron Mansion which was started en plein air and completed during the blood Moon Eclipse.Colorful,landscape,architectural.spiritual
  • Heavenly Waters

    acrylic on canvas painting 48" x 116" depicting childhood memories of the woodlands near my home.
  • Je Ne Regrette Rien

    Acrylic on canvas painting 75" x 58" My reaction to the terrorist attacks in Paris 2015.
  • The Creation of Eve

    acrylic on cradled board 20" x 16" An image born of spiritual messages derived from a found seashell.

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