Jonas Gerard to paint 24-foot mural at the RAD Studio Stroll

Press release from Jonas Gerard Fine Art: 

Over the course of the River Arts District Studio Stroll weekend, Jonas Gerard will be exploring his creative vision on a grand scale. He will be painting an abstract artwork in his spontaneous style on a series of 8-foot tall aluminum panels that will combine to make an 8’ x 24’ mural. The public is invited to watch the expressive artist at work, starting at 12pm Saturday and Sunday at his Riverview Station gallery and studio at 191 Lyman Street, Studio 144.

This will be the second mural that Jonas has painted in front of an audience. His first mural, titled Life, Love and Passion, was created during the RAD Studio Stroll in Spring, 2015, and is permanently installed on the Riverview Station building.

After the new mural is created at Studio Stroll, Jonas will donate it to CarePartners Health Services and it will be installed overlooking their Therapy Pool at 68 Sweeten Creek Road. Touched by his own experiences with pool therapy, and believing strongly in the healing power of art, Jonas feels the addition of this vibrant artwork will enhance the environment of the therapy pool.

The whole concept of performance painting is to be totally present and as receptive as possible to the creative energy within the artist. In this sort of zen attitude the artist becomes the means for the process of exploring the realm of uncertainty.

This artist has been painting his whole life; composition, painting techniques, the way colors work, and the rhythm of creating are all second nature. He no longer needs to stop and think, judge, or conceptualize anything.

Jonas calls it a ‘Painting Performance’ because all of this is set to one major outer influence: music.

Painting to music as if the music was doing the painting, Gerard becomes a motivated brush holder. As a modern dancer back in the early 60’s he now finds himself completely absorbed in a gestural kind of trance where the painting spontaneously paints itself and the colors kind of flow like dance unto the canvas.

What: Jonas Gerard paints a mural during studio stroll
Where: 191 Lyman Street, Studio 144
When: November 12 and 13, 12:00 pm – 5:00pm

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About Thomas Calder
Thomas Calder received his MFA in Fiction from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program. He has worked with several publications, including Gulf Coast and the Collagist. For his weekly #tuesdayhistory tidbits on Asheville, follow him on Instagram @tcalder.

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