Raymond Jonson, ‘Watercolor No. 20’, 1946, Aaron Payne Fine Art

Signature: signed and dated lower right: Jonson '46

About Raymond Jonson

Raymond Jonson spent most of his career in search of pure abstraction. Born in Iowa and raised in Portland, Oregon, he studied art in Chicago at the Academy of Fine Arts and the Art Institute, where he first encountered non-representational painting. When the Armory Show came to Chicago in 1913, Jonson discovered the work of Wassily Kandinsky and was struck by the artist’s spiritual approach. In Chicago, Jonson and friend B.J.O. Nordfeldt were involved in early experimental theater, but by 1925 Jonson moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to devote himself to painting. There, he was an important advocate for modern art, painting six WPA murals at the University of New Mexico (where he was professor for 20 years) and co-founding the Transcendental Painting Group of non-objective artists, which aimed to explore spirituality through art.

American, 1891-1982

Solo Shows on Artsy

Raymond Jonson: Into Abstraction, Addison Rowe Gallery, Santa Fe

Group Shows on Artsy

Summer Selections 2016, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
Spring Selections, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
Winter Selections in Modernism, Aaron Payne Fine Art, Santa Fe
The Many Faces of Modernism, Addison Rowe Gallery, Santa Fe
Chromatic Contrasts, Addison Rowe Gallery, Santa Fe