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The common experience of emotion; transcends all boundaries of social status and ethnicity. Human emotion is a language unto itself. Art is the mirror.
The Art Work of Jonathan Paul Wagner, is a reflection.
The truth in seeing carries a greater weight than that of mere words.
Through the age we have learned to guard our expressions.
We have learned to hide behind our faces.
Jonathan Paul Wagner captures the “facial experiences” of, his subjects.
This is his artistic search for the unique truth in the individual.
In the details of mark and stroke are found the truth of that “one humans” experience.
His paintings speak the language with its various shades of emotion.
Jonathan Paul Wagner: Paints - Images to experience.
His experience is based in the academic and the altruistic. A retrospective would present over 180 pieces of his work, demonstrating the unique gifts of insight and expression. While exibiting at age 18, at a gallery on 5th avenue in NYC, John Paul Wagner found his calling. Regional exhibitions in New Jersey and Virginia, an art education at the University of Virginia. There he earned a double major in Painting - Printmaking and Philosophy.
Involvement with the YMCA, and the Jewish Community Center in his youth, allowed for the development of a “Y arts leader” and resulted in commissioned works projects for the YMCA and other non-profit organizations. In 2003, he was named, The N.J. State Artist, by Discover New Jersey Arts,
Jonathan Paul Wagner art has developed to a full expression of self over the past decade. He has striven, and successfully achieved a way to articulate the personal insights of his own psyche into the piece, in effect highlighting past, present and future, in the faces and form of the human subjects he paints.
“Art of the moment”, is Wagner’s signature exhibition format, which incorporates art displays with live music accompany. In pace with our mixed media generation, John Paul Wagner has promoted events and exhibitions featuring a host of artists, musicians and other talent preparing a medium where he has found it possible to visually demonstrate emotion.
Jan Internationalists ‘ filmmaking group benefit
303 Grand Gallery Interactive Group Exibition
Marley Marl and Big Daddy Kane Reunion.
Biz Markee Album cover Project
Michael Jackson tribute
2005 Discover NJ Arts, Artist of the State
2005 Nominated Morris County Artist if the Year www.morriscountyartsassociation.com
Associations & Affiliates
Blackwell Street Artists
Production group organizing show seminars and exibitions for community member organizations, and local area high-school artists.
Member Arts Council of the Morris Area Group.
Mt. Hebron School of Science and Technology
“Careers in the Field of Fine Art” 2004
Virginia Commonwealth University – “Critical Thought in Portaiture” 2003
Virginia Union “Discussion on the Process of Limestone Lithography 2003
Virginia Union University – “Expressive Painting” 2002
Internationalist, Spoon Theatre NY, NY
2008 (ist)Art Studios, Carol Bernstein & Jonathan Paul wagner NY,NY
dual exibitioh followed by art/ music performance feat. MarleyMarl and John Legend
2008 Plumm, NY, NY
2008 Boulevard, NY, NY
2008 (ist)Art Studios, NY,NY
2008 Beauty Bar, NY, NY
2008 The Internationalist, Spoon Theatre, NY, NY
'Interface' and 'Tri Pol I,'
Paintings and Lithograph….by Jonathan Paul Wagner and photographs by Todd Fenton.
'A Food Not Bombs Benefit” @ Old Dominion Club, Richmond, VA. Dec 02.
'Jon Wagner VS. Diceone' (art show)@ Nanci Raygun, Richmond, VA.
2006 “H. Heather Edelman Gallery' New York
2006 'Le Reve Gallery' Chester, New Jersey
2006 'Pennylane Music' Chester New Jersey
2006 'Gaalen Gallery', West Orange, New Jersey
2006 'West Morris Area YMCA' Randolph, New Jersey
2005 'TminusOne.org', New York
2005 'The Sage Theater', Times Square, New York
2005 'H. Heather Edelman Gallery', Chelsea, New York
2005 'The Gallery', Sag Harbour, New York
2005 'La Reve Gallery', Chester, NJ (group show)
2005 'Pennylane Music', Chester, NJ (solo exhibition)
2005 'Atrium Art Gallery' Federal House and Adminstrations Building NJ
2005 'A.P.A. Gallery', Milford, Pa (group exhibition)
Cafe Bar, 'Faced', New York, NY
Nanci Ray Gun, 'U.S.', Richmond, VA
Zeus Gallery, 'Interface', Richmond, VA
Canal Club , 'Wax Museum presents John Doe', Richmond, VA
Chopstix,'Wax Museum Producers Parts', Richmond, VA
Science Museum of Virginia, 'About Face', Richmond, VA
Visual Art Space, 'Head Games', Richmond, VA
Zeus Gallery, 'Face Off ', Richmond, VA
Tortoise Shell Gallery, 'Faces of Expression', Richmond, VA
Follet E. Bookstore, Richmond, VA
Nanci RayGun 'Wax Mueseum' Richmond, VA 2003
Anderson Gallery 'Student Juried Exhibition' Richmond, VA 2003
Project Room 'Interaction 20' Richmond, VA 2002
Project Room 'View 2002' Richmond, VA 2002
Du Jour 'Out of the Box' Richmond, VA 2002
Visual Art Studio 'Christmas Show' Richmond, VA 2001
Get Real Art 'Revolver' New York, NY 2001
Anderson Gallery 'Student Juried Show' Richmond, VA 2000
Rocktoddy 'Online Featured Artist' Richmond, VA 2000
County College of Morris 'Student Show' Randolph, NJ 1998
NJ Congressional Office, 'Juried Show' Randolph, NJ 1998
'Hallway of Mirrors'
September 16, 2007, publications TBD 2008, article and photo
'Faces in the City' April 1, 2007. Littleviews Magazine, article and photo
“About Face” Virginia Union University – “Expressive Painting” 2002
Feb 17 2002, Richmond Times Dispatch - About Face. (follow-up article)
March 6, 2001, Style Weekly, article & photo .
February 18, 2001, Style, Photo and description
February 16, 2001, The Vine, article and photo
February 8, 2001, Punchline, article and photo .
“Head Games” Exibition PressAugust 12, 2001, Richmond Magazine, photo and description.
August 8, 2001, Richmond Times Dispatch, description and photo
August 6, 2001, The Vine, article and description.
August 4, 2001, North of the James, description and photo.
August 2, 2001, Punchline, article and photo.
May 2, 2001, The Vine, article and photo.
Show Starter Away from the grind, Richmond artists reconnect: by Amy Biegelsen
New York — It's too soon to tell how much of a boost the arts and tourism world will get from Gov. Mark Warner's fine arts field trip to New York City last weekend, a political move meant to package Virginia arts as a state amenity.
For Richmonders along for the ride, the setting gave them a fresh opportunity to redefine and strengthen their connections within the Virginia arts network. Some of VCU's brighter postgrad stars in the art world were there too.
Jonathan Paul Wagner, the self-appointed 'un-portrait portrait artist ' handed out business cards as if he were dealing poker. . 'I've made so many damn contacts tonight!' said Wagner.
Jonathan Paul Wagner pioneered showing art at Pudd'nheads on Main Street when he was a painting student at VCU and was recently elected New Jersey artist of the month.
'About Face,' Jonathan Paul Wagner's interpretations of facial emotional expressions.' at the Science Museum of Virginia.
With the 'Psychology: It's More Than You Think!' exhibit opening at the Science Museum of Virginia 'It's about exploring how you think and feel and communicate. What makes you similar or different to your friends,' said Nancy Tait, public-relations manager for the Science Museum.
In conjunction with the psychology exhibit, created by the American Psychological Association, is the 'About Face' art display, which focuses on facial expressions.
Richmond-based artist Jonathan Wagner created the artwork.
'I have everything in the human experience from a cold, hard stare to a devious smile,' Wagner said.
The art exhibit was added to complement the psychology presentation because, Tait said, 'one of the big things we're all about is that science is around you in all aspects of your life, and art is a big part of that.'
Museum of Virginia June ’ 02 2500 W. Broad St. 864-1400.
Artist shows inner strength in YMCA painting
Jan. 2002 Richmond Times-Dispatch 'About Face
Dec. 2001 The Vine “An Update on Some Old Friends”
Aug. 2001Richmond Magazine “Head Games”
Aug. 2001 Richmond Times-“Dispatch” Head Games
Aug. 2001 The Vine Article & Description
Aug. 2001 North of the James Article & Description
Aug. 2001 Punchline Article & Photo
May 2001 The Vine article & photo
March 2001 Style Weekly About Face
Feb. 2001 Style Weekly About Face
Feb. 2001 The Vine About Face
Feb. 2001 Punchline About Face