Jonathan Podwil (1966, Philadelphia) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
…"This is a painter of the old school, for whom the studio process plods through the pleasure and pain of the medium and its subject, challenging self and audience. It is a quiet, slow-burning exhibition giving time to slowly ponder paintings that meditate on fleeting, ferocious moments."
-Axel Bishop, Whitehot Magazine
…"Podwil’s method involves a painstaking manipulation of his materials, especially in his digitally animated loops, which reveal acts of distortion to the original footage…(The) violence of everyday life hovers in the air. The images show how the “blur” can give the most seemingly mundane pictures a threatening quality – demonstrating at the same time that media cross pollination is as rich in possibility as ever."
-Gregory Williams, ARTFORUM
…"Mr. Podwil’s paintings have at once symbolist charge and postmodern affectlessness…(the) paintings are as much about the state of art as the state of foreign affairs."
-David Cohen, The New York Sun
…"These images conjure ambiguous, sometimes ominous narratives in restrained yet sensuous paintings. With flickering brushwork and murky atmospherics suggesting both the tenebrism of 17th Century painting and the dark allure of 20th century cinema, (his) work investigates contemporary painting’s fascination with film."
-Rebecca Wilson, Saatchi Online