Light in the absence of eyes illuminates nothing. Visible forms are not inherent in the world, but are granted by the act of seeing. Though the world and events do exist independent of mind, they obtain of no meaning in themselves- none that the mind is not guilty of imposing on them.
This is a portfolio website for the painter Jonathan A. Sims.
This work is built from my personal aesthetic, and these paintings are attempts to communicate compelling compositions that turn on subtle geometric manipulations of form. My earlier paintings were subsumed by this goal, and bear the undeniable trademarks of that trial and error. The Godhead series is a collection of fictional ephemera from a yet-to-exist pantheistic religion. More recently, I have complete two related series: the Illuminatore with Nomic Emblems and the Breochloch Briste paintings. These are constituted of starkly non-representational geometric images, bound to a fictional system of standards in format, size, and palette that reference historical periods when artists were constricted by similar canon.