Written and photos by Jalani Morgan (www.jalanimorgan.com):
Who is he?
Jon Todd, Fine Artist
Jon Todd and I were introduced through our mutual friend, Steve Carty and I have admired his work from the get-go. His work is distinct and his choice of colour palette and inspirations spoke to me; in other words his work is very dope.
At the beginning of the month I spent the afternoon with Todd at his studio in the Junction to talk art, life and shoot portraits of him while he works on new pieces for upcoming shows in Montréal and Miami. Todd is collaborating with Carty for the Hermann & Audrey’s CONTACT exhibit this May. Some future collaborations between he and I are on deck for the coming months as well.
Todd’s studio had such an authentic and artistic feel. References littered the walls in an abstract collection and his previous work already completed for an upcoming show stands guard over his new creations; the place had a great vibration, in my eyes a true fine artist’s studio. There was a freedom in there, when he didn’t have the best light – no problem; Todd took a construction light and drilled it into the roof!
It was great to talk with another creative from a different medium and we discussed his inspirations and what motivates his pieces. It’s really a thrill connecting and building an authentic rapport with committed and inspired artists and it’s even more special when it happens while I’m shooting!
you can view Jon Todd’s work @ www.jontodd.ca
JON TODD: Inspired by the underground street art culture, Jon Todd has developed a unique voice in the artworld. Perhaps this is due to the diversity in his inspiration: Jon Todd is influenced by the Asian Japanese Folklore, Mexican Luchador Wrestling as well as Russian prison tattoo artistry. His works attempt to take the viewer on a personal journey to his surreal world. Over the past 5 years his works of art have been shown in multiple galleries and exhibitions across North America including the cities of Toronto, Montreal, New York, LA, San Francisco and Miami. In 2009, he exhibited at the Toronto International Art Show (TIAF) and Aqua Miami Art Fair.