Jon Stucky was born in 1972 in Dover, Ohio on the Cusp of Ohio’s Amish country. His early exposure to art and design was the goods and products that the Amish created for use in everyday life. The strong use of colour and pattern used in quilts were especially intriguing to him and have an influence on his work to this day.
His High School art teachers exposed him to the NYC Arts scene of the 1980’s and always had a steady supply of art magazines, show catalogues, and books available in the classroom which exposed him to some of his favourite artists including Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, and Jean Michel Basquiat. During his High School years he also spent time in New Zealand and Australia and also became interested in the works of the Maori and Aboriginal cultures.
He is formally trained in textile design by The Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio. Along with being a painter he also creates elaborate and heavily embellished “Art Quilts”, that include the combination of hand painted and dyed textile along with the textiles of various cultures around the globe. The pieces are finished off with elaborate embroidery and beaded and embellished with hundreds of beads, sequins, buttons, and found objects.
During college he became involved with the community arts department of The Cleveland Museum of Art and worked on many projects that involved going into the city to help create murals, costumes, and masks for a variety of events held by the museum each year.
Stucky has also worked on Interior design for both commercial and residential clients across the USA. Having built a relationship with several of the old school American outsider artists, his design style relies heavily on the unique and naïve perspective in their work.
His work is done stream of conscience and plays heavily on the relationship between perceptions of good and evil across many cultures. His strong interest in the Mexican festival of Dia De Los Muertos (The day of the Dead) has become an easily recognized aspect of his work and has created a group of collectors that specifically seek out these works. The paintings combine many different types of media including oil, acrylic, auto, airbrush, and spray paints combined with charcoal, chalk, and oil pastels.
2016 Aberglasney Gardens, Carmarthen Wales, UK
2015 Tuscarawas Center for the Arts, New Philadelphia, Ohio
2015 Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2015 Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville Ohio
2013 The Stacks, Atlanta, Georgia USA
2008 FELT, Cleveland Heights, Ohio USA
2006 The Clinic, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania
2005 Primitive Kool, San Diego, California
2005 NIKE, Barcelona, Spain
1999 Zebulon Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
1998 Minds Eye Gallery, Atlanta Georgia
1996 Hayden Gallery, Burnsville, North Carolina
1995 Solo Exhibition, Portland Center for Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon
2016 HAPPY Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2015 RED Expressionism Group Show, 19 KAREN Contemporary Artspace, Gold Coast QLD
2014 Muskingum College, New Concord Ohio
2014 Tuscarawas Center for the Arts, New Philadelphia, Ohio
2014 NeST Gallery, Barnards Castle, UK
2014 Open Space, London, England
2013 Art Basel Pop Up Show, Miami, Florida
2013 Lois Lambert Gallery, Santa Monica, California
2013 Picassowhat Gallery, Rockland, Maine
2007 2nd April Galerie, Canton, Ohio
2006 Outsider Art Fair, Lyon France
2005 Ingenuity, Cleveland, Ohio
2001 House of Blues, Orlando, Florida
2000 Grovewood Gallery, Asheville, North Carolina
1999 House of Blues, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
1999 Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
1998 American Crafts Gallery, Shaker Heights, Ohio
1998 TWIST Gallery, Portland, Oregon
1998 King Street Gallery, Charleston, S.C.
1997 Main Street Gallery, Clayton, Georgia
1997 Signature Shop, Atlanta, Georgia
1997 Obsidian Gallery, Tucson, Arizona
1997 New Stone Age, West Hollywood, California
1996 Wayne Center for the Arts, Wooster, Ohio
1995 Penland School of Craft, Portland, Oregon