Jonathan Sims is a New York City based visual artist who originally hails from Texas. His visual arts practice is characterized by brightly colored geometric abstractions and simple, minimalist symbology that evokes language and universal, ancient design.
Jonathan began his practice with painting, but has since moved into digital animation, sculpture and projection installations, print, long exposure photography and graphic design. His work is intended to elicit a sense of familiarity and artistic intent in viewers, but his compositions remain stubbornly non-objective, and his fictional “glyph” languages refuse transliteration. A consistent premise underlying his work is based on the idea that a modern human’s relationship with the very ancient past is mirrored in their relationship with the distant future.
Jonathan started painting in San Antonio, and first showed in 2012. In 2013 he owned SoPac Studios there, and that same year he moved to New York City. He joined Wayfarers Brooklyn in 2014, and began working in projection installations with the EcoHacker collective that summer. In 2015 Jonathan was awarded a Fellowship with BRIC Media Arts, and he joined the Flux Factory Residency program in 2016. Major shows include Governor’s Island Art Fair in 2015, Luminaria Art Fair in San Antonio in 2016, and a solo exhibition at Flux Factory in 2016. Jonathan spent two months at the Wassaic Project in the summer of 2017, and started 2018 as an artist in resident at the Visible Futures Lab with the School For Visual Arts in Manhattan and with a site-specific projection installation at Lehman College in the Bronx.