Credit: Courtesy of Jonathan Yoerger.

Jonathan Yoerger: Working Class Hero (2012)

When I saw Jonathan’s latest painting in the studio for the first time (nearing its completion), my jaw dropped. I had only seen in-progress iPhone shots and the initial sketch on the canvas was very different than what emerged. Sometimes he paints from a sketch or a collage, other times he paints over it and finds new inspiration.

I love that her hair is so damn big it defies the airless vacuum of outer space. This nameless creature doesn’t need a formal spacesuit or oxygen mask… and she’s riding a retrofitted WWI-era machine gun. Once again, Jonathan Yoerger paints the unexpected by putting an afro-headed communist on the moon.