Jon Duff Turns His Weird Ideas Into Paintings

Brooklyn-based artist Jon Duff wants you to know that he could care less about the art scene. “I didn’t become an artist because I want to party with the Olsen Twins someday,” he remarked in an interview with Young Space, adding that the “celebrity worship in the art world” bums him out.

The way he sees its, art is first and foremost a way of life. “My mom took me to a Pop art exhibition at the Milwaukee Museum of Art when I was about 8 years old,” he recalled. “I found it all so ridiculous and fun, and I remember thinking ‘These guys get to spend their time making all these weird things and people appreciate them for it. I have weird ideas all the time. I want to do that!’”

He realized his dream years later, having received an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in 2012, and a BFA from the University of Minnesota in 2008. Now, his paintings are exhibited throughout the US and have been featured in publications in both the US and the UK.

A messy hybrid of colors, shapes, and textures – his paintings might just get your creative juices flowing.