Jonathan Lyndon Chase sitting in front of their paintings

BFA '13

Painting (BFA in Fine Arts)

JONATHAN LYNDON CHASE (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) received their MFA from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (2016) and their BFA from the University of the Arts (2013). Chase’s paintings and drawings focus on queer black bodies in everyday spaces and emotional states of being that range from intimate, poetic, and visceral. These spaces are interior and exterior collage, blending lines of pain, pleasure, tenderness, and despair. The bodies in Chase’s paintings talk about complexity found at the intersection gender, sexuality, and race. Their influences range from art history to 90’s culture and personal experience. Currently Chase has work on exhibition in Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection at The Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA. Previous exhibitions include the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, Woodmere Art Museum, Philadelphia, and The Bunker, Collection of Beth Rudin DeWoody, Palm Beach (all 2017); and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Art, Philadelphia in 2016. Chase’s works are included in numerous private and public collections including The Wedge Collection, Toronto, The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and the Woodmere Museum of Art, Philadelphia.