Jonathan Hodge

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Jonathan Hodge

United States

I grew up and lived in Louisiana until 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck and my family reluctantly relocated to San Antonio. There, I was accepted into Say Si, an arts program recognized by the Wallace Foundation as one of the nation’s top school arts organizations.

In 2008, I attended the Columbus College of Art and design on scholarship, where I graduated summa cum laude in 2012. While at CCAD, I studied under the head anatomist of a cadaver lab at a neighboring college, where I learned anatomy in-depth and performed dissections.

After graduation, I was given a scholarship to present my artwork at the 2012 Seventh International Conference on the Arts in Society held in Liverpool, England, as part of the Cultural Olympiad. While in Europe, I was able to travel and spend time studying in museums in England, France and Holland.

I returned to Louisiana and began apprenticing with Carl Groh, a society portrait painter who studied under Aaron Shickler. I learned about executing portraits, understanding commission contracts and budgets.

In late 2014, I moved to Seattle and studied classical painting and drawing with Juliette Aristides, a student of Jacob Collins, for four years. While in Seattle, I have won several awards, shown work at the Maryhill Museum of Art and the Cornish Playhouse, and was also invited to compete in the first live drawing competition at the Salmagundi Club. After graduating from Juliette’s Atelier in 2018, I secured a studio in Seattle and am developing a body of work while actively pursuing exhibition opportunities.

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