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An Epic of Distance and Time, Part XIII, 2012, ink on paper, 15” x 22” From the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts

An Epic of Distance and Time, Part XIII, 2012, ink on paper, 15” x 22”
From the collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts

Name:  Jon Strand

Years in Detroit?  40 years as of August 5th.

Years working as an artist?  50 years.

Preferred medium? Ink paintings (pointillist).

What is currently your favorite:

Website:  I don’t have one - I'm not great with computers. 

Work of Art:  Tintoretto (Dreams of Men) at the DIA (Detroit Institute of Art).  It was commissioned by a venetian merchant in 1550 to hang over his bed.  I've always thought that was wonderful.

Piece of advice:  Part of me wants to say a quote by Samuel Johnson – "Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance."  This is how I got my first big show at the DIA.

Do you collect anything?  
Movies (dvd’s and videos) I have a large film collection and pretty decent library as well as a small art collection.

Is there an artist you admire that inspired you to be an artist yourself? 
As a matter of fact, the Italian artist Modigliani – when I rented my first studio in the Farwell Building I had an aunt who read like you wouldn’t believe.  She went to a book fair in Duluth, MN and bought me a book on Modigliani for a quarter and I thought his story was so interesting.  The sentiment then was that if you had to work an outside job and couldn’t make it on your art alone you were considered bourgeois.   I also like Caravaggio a great deal.  There is a quote I like about him that said “Caravaggio was capable of making a heterosexual a homosexual.”  

Is there a particular local artist whose work you admire? 
Can I name more than one ?  I could give you a list!

Lois Teicher – (link here) I would probably consider her the dean of women’s sculptors in Michigan, She is in her early 70’s and is a brilliant Artist.
Carl Demeulenaere (link here).
S. Kay Young - (link here) I am not saying that because we are showing together.  I truly think she is brilliant.

What themes do you tend to pursue in your work?
I’ve been interested in making Mythology relevant today for a long time.

Where are you finding inspiration lately?  
Inside myself.  I work in series all the time.

Is there a single habit that you strongly believe contributes to your success as an artist?
My discipline.  Everyone thinks my use of pointillism is a form of OCD but its just dedication, discipline and perseverance.

How do you feel about the art market / scene in Detroit?  Have you seen a shift in the last few years? 
What’s interesting is that the scene 40 years ago is similar to what the scene is now.  People who have been here all that time are excited about what is happening.

 What are you looking forward to most about the upcoming exhibition?
People’s reaction at seeing the art turned into fashion…that is what it’s all about.

What one item would you grab if your house were on fire?
Of course my dog.  But I would probably try to save all my art and die in the process.