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.
As an acrylic painter, 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.
Recent Showings and Projects:
May – September 2013 Feature artist Gallery 5 Spring Show - Ministry of Health building, 1515 Blanshard Ave.
April 2013 Fairfield Artists Studio Tour
March 2013 “City Lights” included in “Art for Orphans” charity event in Vancouver
February 2013 “Cement Mirrors” included in “Sea of Love” charity event for the Shaw Ocean Discovery Center, Sidney
February 2013 “Sun’s Goodbye Kiss” featured on the album cover of “Transcribed” by Erik Abbink and Jacqueline Perriam
October 2012 to January 2013 - Feature artist show at Homefront Ideas, Sidney
October 2012 Saanich Peninsula Studio Tour with Craig Benson and Pauline Oleson
Fall 2012 Sidney Fine Art Show
July 2012 Moss St. Paint-In and Art Rental and Sales at Gallery
Look Show 2012
April 2012 Fairfield Artists Studio Tour
2011 ‘Garry Oak’ published in Framing the Garden, an anthology of poems and paintings edited by Linda Rogers as her legacy project as the City of Victoria's Poet Laureate.
Spring & Fall 2011 Organized and participated in two major art shows in the Atrium of The Parkside Resort & Spa with Erica Messing and Shari Young
2011 Gallery show at Homefront Ideas, Sidney