Jonni Cheatwood’s body of work is an exploration of nostalgia and tension. Combining materials — found, gifted, and custom-made — Cheatwood creates a patchwork backdrop of sewn fabric as the basis for his expressionist canvases. The backgrounds for his new works are comprised of found fabrics with nostalgic prints, Los Angeles fashion district finds, and old photographs printed on fabric. Cheatwood’s mother-in-law gave him the photographs taken by his wife’s grandfather while traveling in the 1950’s and 1960’s, which he had printed onto fabric to use as part of the stretched fabric backdrops for his paintings. On top of these patchwork canvases, Cheatwood lays down acrylic and oil paint through subconscious gestures working both intuitively and strategically across the assemblages. Layered with nostalgic meaning, the works explore the tension between marks, mediums, colors, composition, and time.
He graduated from Arizona State University, Tempe, in 2011. Solo exhibitions include: ‘That’s Dallas Baby,’ Beirut, Lebanon (2019); ‘Dressed Up for the Letdown, Over the Influence, Hong Kong (2018); ‘She’s Heavy on the Razzmatazz,’ Makasiini Contemporary, Turku, Finland (2018); ‘Same Hero, New Boots,’ TW FINE ART, Brisbane, Australia (2018); ‘Strange to Meet You’, Tappan Collective, LA (2017); ‘Don’t Life Your Heroes up so High’, Palabra, Phoenix AZ (2015); and ‘Alysian’, Prohibition Gallery, Culver City CA (2014). Group exhibitions include: ‘Scope Miami Booth C-11’, Mika Gallery, Miami FL (2017); ‘FRESHAF’, TW Fine Art, Brisbane Australia (2017); Rema Hort Mann Foundation, New York NY (2017). ’75 Works on Paper’ Beers London (2017). He also exhibited at Volta NY with BEERS in March 2018.