Jonathan Collis received his BFA in Painting and Printmaking from The University of Oklahoma, where he studied under the Cheyenne artist/activist Hachivi Edgar Heaps of Birds.
Collis earned his MFA in 2001 from The San Francisco Art Institute, where he studied the historical methods and materials of Western Medieval painting. His paintings are crafted according to traditional methods. All supports, grounds, pigments and media are prepared by the artist according to 16th century recipies.
The cartoon-like imagery of Collis’ paintings evoke a satirical and often dark sense of humor. The work depicts individuals faced with the urgency of their own neurosis. A reoccurring theme, which ultimately mirrors the kind of banal, yet fatalistic pressure of the “real world”.