Jonathan Gleed likes to turn the subtle - or what others would consider the mundane - into the interesting and inspiring. Gleed spends a lot of his energy as an artist extracting the beauty from everyday modern life to shine a spotlight on what makes it special. His primary objective as a painter is to evoke emotional vigour in the person viewing his pieces. It is the most effective way that he is able to communicate with others.
Gleed chooses his subjects based on the message that they present, however subtle; through how they might fit into the composition and how they interact with the light and shadows, and their colour. The subject guides Gleed as to how he should approach the piece, delving into the abstract if it is deemed important to tone down any “noise”. Gleed is very conscious of the relationship between his paintings and the viewer. He paints for himself; but because he feels that he must communicate though his pieces, the receiver of the message is always in the back of his mind.
Jonathan Gleed was born in Ottawa, Ontario but now resides in Victoria, British Columbia. From photography, to writing and television production, Jonathan has spent his entire life actively pursuing that creative outlet. Only when he began to paint seriously did he recognize that working with the brush was his true calling.
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