The following article was published in N-SPHERE September 2012 issue.


Name: Jon Macnair

Location: Portland, Oregon, USA

Occupation: Artist/Illustrator

Definition of personal sphere: My work is a conglomeration of different influences and inspirations that have accumulated in my brain since I was a little kid. It’s hard to define all those exactly, or rather, it would take a long time. All those things have been filtered through my eyes and the way in which I view the world. The end result is my artwork. I don’t expect people to fully understand my art, what it means or why I do it. If I knew the answers to those questions, I probably wouldn’t be creating things in the first place. Making art is what I love to do, and I don’t like to over analyze it. I try to avoid measuring success in monetary terms or fame, but more so whether people can connect with the work and get something from it, whatever that may be.

Artwork in 4 words: Narrative, mythic, ominous, otherworldly

What is inspirational for you: Nature, myths, imaginary creatures, ancient civilizations, Renaissance art, surrealism

Currently favourite artists: Harry Clarke, Alfred Kubin, John Vassos

Tools of trade: Pen, ink, brush, paper, watercolors, pencil

Current obsessions: Russian fairy tales, Bela Bartok, terrariums

Personal temptation: Bookstores


Artwork: Jon Macnair. 2008. No Bad Deed Goes Unpunished. Courtesy of the artist.

Full article here.