Jonni Cheatwood is a Brazilian-American visual artist working across many different disciplines including painting, photography, graphic design and textile art. Cheatwood’s work describes the broad visual ideas stemming from still life, abstraction and minimalism, but his approach is a wonderful amalgam of his artistic disciplines in which veritable scraps of canvas are hand-sewn together before his idiosyncratic mark-making is thereafter applied to the newly created surface. Denim, mesh, burlap sacks, t-shirts, blankets, t-shirts, screen-prints, and even his father’s worn leather satchel have all made their way into his work at one time or another.
The graffiti-like scribbles, scratches and primitive colours of Cheatwood’s work is the controlled chaotic work of an erudite expressionist brought up on Saturday morning cartoons; suggesting deconstructed contour lines and bright, unforgiving primary colours often applied directly from the tube or oversize pastel. Beginning with direct marks, squiggles and doodles, Cheatwood reacts and builds up his compositions over time, working with the studio detritus that can build up as a result of working on the floor and from the physical nature of his process – allowing this to become part of his formation of the work.
The many references housed in his work – whether intentional or unintentional – seem like a patchwork of Cheatwood’s own autobiography – and the works come across like humorous albeit highly personalized recollections of his life at various times.
JONNI CHEATWOOD (b. 1986, Thousand Oaks, CA) lives and works in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 2011.
Solo exhibitions and fairs include: KIAF Seoul with OTI LA (2023); Taipei Dangdai (solo booth), with Makasiini Contemporary, Taiperi, Taiwan (2023); Toeing the Line, Gallery All, Shanghai, China (2023); An Unlikely Hero, Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland (2022); The Juice Is Loose, OTI LA (2022); Expo Chicago (solo booth), Makasiini Contemporary, Chicago, USA (2021); It Might Be Me, Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland (2021); LIVE! From Therapy, BEERS London, London (2021); Fresh Out of Fiddles, Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland (2020);Tyger Tyger, Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany (2019); That’s Dallas Baby, Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (2019); Dressed Up for the Letdown OTI, Hong Kong, (2018); She’s Heavy on the Razzmatazz, Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland (2018); Volta Show (solo booth), BEERS London, New York, USA (2018); Same Hero, New Boots, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia (2018) and; Strange to Meet You, Tappan, Los Angeles, USA (2017)
Group exhibitions include: About Art with Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland (2023); The New Contemporaries Vol III, Residency Art Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2023); Second Wind, Urban Spree, Berlin, Germany (2023); Reminisce, Hollis Taggart, New York, USA (2023); It’s Not Just A Portrait, Badr El Jundi, Marbella, Spain (2021); LA In Bloom, Werkartz, Los Angeles (2020); Rise & Shine, OTI, Hong Kong (2020); Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2020); Unlearn, Relearn… Repeat, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia (2019); Seven Days Are Too Long, Mirus Gallery, Denver, USA (2019); The Atlantic Bridge, Galerie Kremers, Berlin, Germany (2019); Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Werkartz, Los Angeles, USA (2019); Office Hours, Main Museum, Los Angeles, USA (2018); View from the Cheap Seats, Chimento Contemporary, Los Angeles, USA (2018); Summer Salon, BEERS London, London, UK (2018); Rema Hort Mann Foundation, Nicodim Gallery, Los Angeles, USA (2018); Constructed, Saatchi Art, Santa Monica, USA (2018); The Urban Experience, Artual Gallery, Beirut, Lebanon (2018); FRESHAF, TW Fine Art, Brisbane, Australia (2017); Buy What You Love, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York, USA (2017); 75 Works on Paper, BEERS London (2017); Meat and Potatoes, Santa Fe Art Colony, Los Angeles, USA (2016); Concrete Matter & Liquefied Horizons, Garboushian Gallery, Beverly Hills, USA (2016); Grafforists, Torrance Art Museum, Torrance, USA (2016); Wielding Now, Tappan, Los Angeles, USA (2016) and Straight Up, Hooper Projects, Los Angeles, USA (2015)
FAMILY & FRIENDS30 Nov - 20 Dec 2023Our final exhibition of 2023 brings together existing and longstanding gallery artists (Hyangmok Baik, Jonni Cheatwood, Deborah Segun) alongside those whose solo exhibitions begin in 2024: including Liam Alvy, Jack Kabangu, Tang Shuo, and Christina Zimpel. Also exhibiting in the group show are a slate of fresh new perspectives, including Peter Larsen, Zoe Spowage, Hannah Wilson and more. The purpose of this exhibition is to introduce new artists into our roster amidst the artists whose practices we have championed for some time. We anticipate an exciting mix to present to our friends, collectors, and followers.
JONNI CHEATWOOD: LIVE! FROM THERAPY30 May - 3 Jul 2021We are excited to welcome you into the metaphoric psychologist’s office… Here, we will partake in the ongoing discussion between self, society, and creative expression. We go LIVE in three, two, one…
SUMMER SALON27 Jul - 25 Aug 2018BEERS London’s Summer Salon brings together a collection of works by gallery represented artists for those sleepy days over the summer. Presenting a combination of new, never exhibited, as well...
EXPO CHICAGO 201919 - 22 Sep 2019We are thrilled to be returning to Expo Chicago this coming September with artists Jonni Cheatwood and Milo Matthieu. This will be our second year...
VOLTA, NEW YORK7 - 11 Mar 2018We are excited to be exhibiting at Volta New York for the 5th year in a row. This year, we will be exhibiting a solo...