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

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

Summer Program, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence

Summer Program, Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions
Suits Me, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
I, Too, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate, England

Lean On Me, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Seale(d), Steve Turner, Los Angeles
The Armory Show (with Steve Turner), New York

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

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

Group Exhibitions
Untitled, Miami Beach (with Steve Turner)
The Armory Show, New York (with Steve Turner)
Breakfast Under the Tree, Carl Freedman Gallery, Margate
Our World Two, Steve Turner, Los Angeles

Black Voices/Black Microcosm
, CFHILL, Stockholm, Sweden

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

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

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 (with Codify Art), New York
Brown Paper Zine and Small Press Fair, MoCADA Museum, Brooklyn
Endless Edition Zine and Art Bienniale, Endless Edition, New York

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

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

Pricco, Evan. “Lean On Me: Jon Key @ Steve Turner, Los Angeles,” Juxtapoz Magazine, May 11
Illustration by Jon Key, Abdurraqib, Hanif. “A World of Black Intimacy at the Card Table,” The New York Times, February 24
Angelos, Ayla. “Depicting the nuance of identity within the Black queer community, Jon Key’s works are powerful and arresting,” It’s Nice That, January 18

Teszler, Sonja. “Interview with Jon Key,” Maake Magazine, September

Walsh, Danielle. “The 5 Most Exciting Emerging Artists at Miami Art Week,” Vanity Fair, December 12
Wooten, Nick. “‘Changing the face of society.’ Twin artists on Forbes Under 30 list are Columbus grads,” Ledger-Enquirer, December 11
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
Kristoff, Anne. “Twin brothers 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

Smith, Roberta. “Four Knockout Group Shows to See Now,” New York Times, October 19
Chrysanne, LaChelle. “Doing The Work With Jon & Jarrett Key,” UNPOPCULTR, July 2

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

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