123 Art Building
Art/Painting + Drawing
BFA Louisiana State University
MFA University of New Orleans
Jonathan Mayers is an instructor of painting and drawing at LSU. Born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, he attended LSU as a computer science major before changing his course of study and earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts in studio art with a concentration in painting and drawing. Mayers received his Master of Fine Arts with a concentration in painting from the University of New Orleans. In 2012, he became a co-manager and founding member of the TEN Gallery + Collective, located on Magazine Street in New Orleans. He has been known to use a traditional, old master’s drawing technique of silverpoint to create fantastic surreal images on canvas and paper, but more notably, has incorporated his metaphorical Green Guedry character into many of his works.
As an artist, I create cartoonish narratives based on personal observations and experiences, as well as oral tradition, in attempt to address the culture and fragile environment of the world, but more often the southern region of Louisiana. These images serve to create a better understanding of my opinion pertaining to the reality we live in. In many of my works, I include the Green Guedry character. Guedry is a prominent Cajun surname in my ancestral tree, and the character becomes a metaphor of silly benevolent southern Louisianians, specifically of Cajun descent. I reference elements of popular culture by including objects and themes relating to movie monsters, video games, and gaming, which are personal interests of mine. Sexual imagery, meant to represent rebirth and the life cycle, reveals itself within my work as absurd additions to the environment or the characters themselves. My main artistic influences are conceptual realist Robert Williams; pop surrealists Jeff Soto, Mark Ryden, and Alex Pardee; surrealists Max Ernst and Rene Magritte; and Baroque painter Caravaggio.
Art 1849 Introduction to Painting
Art 1011 Two-Dimensional Design
Art 1008 Introduction to Two-Dimensional Composition