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An Exercise in Perspective: Art by Jon Harris

A painting of three-dimensional abstract structuresBending Space #2, acrylic on canvas

Painter Jon Harris’s works are an exercise in perspective, both in the physical sense and the psychological sense. Utilizing a mathematical sense of geometry combined with dreamlike colors and forms, Jon builds beautiful, imaginary spaces.


An abstract painting of a blue three-dimensional structureSpaciousness, acrylic on canvas

While Jon’s works appear totally abstract in some cases, more often than not they seem like architectural paintings of crystalline temples, seen both from within and from the exterior. Jon has stated that his paintings serve as mandalas for spiritual contemplation, the inspiration for images often coming to him in dreams or during meditation. Various spiritually-significant forms, like the temple, the pyramid and the arch become motifs that combine and recombine differently in each work.


A screen capture of Jon Harris' online painting portfolioJon's online portfolio of paintings


I really enjoy the deeply saturated colors and smooth lines that Jon uses in his works. While the constructions that appear in the paintings seem impossible in real life, they perfectly imitate the imaginary logic found in dreams. 

A painting of a lotus-like three-dimensional formThe Fire of the Lotus, acrylic on canvas

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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