Jon Key - CV + Bio

Jon Key’s paintings feature his own likeness as a contorted black man in a variety of poses against green, black, violet and red backgrounds. The colors render the figure flamboyant and provocative while the tight framing stifles his freedom. Key limits his palette to these four colors to acknowledge his Southern roots, his Blackness, his Queerness and his family. In other recent works, he has introduced other members of his family including his twin brother, parents and grandparents.


Born 1990, Seale, Alabama
Lives and works in Brooklyn

Education

2013
BFA, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Brown University, Providence

2008
Summer Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

2005
Summer Program, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
2021
Steve Turner, Los Angeles (upcoming)

2020
Steve Turner, Los Angeles (upcoming)
The Armory Show (with Steve Turner), New York

2019
Violet Alabama, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths, Rubber Factory, New York
SPRING/BREAK Art Show (with Ross+Kramer Gallery), New York

2018
SPRING/BREAK Art Show (with Codify Art), New York

Group Exhibitions
2020
Black Voices/Black Microcosm, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

2019
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
On the Map, Denny Dimin Hong Kong
PAPER VIEW, The Hole, New York

2018
Punch, Jeffrey Deitch Gallery, New York
The Key Twins, Studio 301, Brooklyn
Codify Art, The Public Theater, New York

2017
The Anxious Body, Angell Gallery, Toronto
32nd Biennial of Graphic Arts, MGLC, Ljubljana, Slovenia
If You Were in My Body, Fierman Gallery, New York
Rock Paper Scissors and a Three-Armed Shovel, Baxter St at CCNY, New York
Environmental Projection Agency, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Spring/Break Art Show, New York
Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, MoCADA Museum, Brooklyn
Endless Edition Zine and Art Bienniale, Endless Edition, New York

2016
You Are Here, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Afropunk Featured Artist, Commodore Park, Brooklyn
Work, Outlet, Brooklyn

2015
Bau Haus Semi-Annual, Bau Haus, Brooklyn
Odds and Ends Book Fair, Yale University Art Gallery
Artists Against Police Violence, EMW Bookstore, Boston
About Face, Bau Haus, Brooklyn

Bibliography

2019
Walsh, Danielle. “The 5 Most Exciting Emerging Artists at Miami Art Week,” Vanity Fair, December 12
Russell, Tovey. Diament, Robert. “Jon Key (NYC special episode),” Talk Art, December 5
“2020 30 Under 30 – Art & Style,” Forbes, December 3
Mizota, Sharon. “A walker’s guide to gallery hopping along Highland Avenue,” Los Angeles Times, September 30
Saltz, Jerry. “A Radical New History of Queer Modernism,” Vulture, April 8
Machado, Danilo. “Jon Key: Violet: Mythologies and Other Truths,” Brooklyn Rail, March 17
Cohen, Alina. “7 Artists Who Stole the Show at Spring/Break,” Artsy, March 6
Casconne, Sarah. “These 7 Outrageous SPRING/BREAK Installations Are Stranger Than Fiction,” Artnet News, March 6
“Jon Key at Rubber Factory, New York,” ARTnews, February 26
McClure, Diana. “JON KEY’S PAINTINGS EXPLORE ‘MYTHOLOGIES’ OF IDENTITY,” AFROPUNK, February 19
Kristoff, Anne. “Twin brother from a small Alabama town turn heads in the New York art world,” Alabama Newscenter, February 8
Graves, Cassidy Dawn. “Art This Week: Construction, Windows, and Queer Black Bodies,” Bedford & Bowery, February 5
“Editors’ Picks: 5 Great Art and Design Events This Week,” Galerie, February 4

2018
Smith, Roberta. “Four Knockout Group Shows to See Now,” New York Times, October 19

2016
Cherry, Maurice. “Episode 163: Jonathan Key,” Revision Path, October 24
Meredith, Maya. Wade in the Water, Justseeds, March

2015
“Jonathan Key: We are Bullet Proof,” ADC Global, September 25