Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker (Jersey City, EEUU, 1948) is a key painter for understanding contemporary conceptual abstraction. By using a systematic methodology he reviews the basis of abstract expressionism.

Lasker’s paintings are built on impressive geometrical shapes directly influenced by Mondrian grids, which are joined together with gestural and colourful brushwork, as well as with doodles that seem to reveal a playful approach based on spontaneity. In order to create his compositions, he employs meticulous sketches; furthermore, monochromatic backgrounds and first strokes appear repeatedly. Lasker is influenced by painters such as Philip Guston, Robert Ryman or Jackson Pollock, as well as by graffiti art and cartoon drawings. His pictorial project combines gestural freedom and well-organized colour brushes, which result in a vibrant dialogue between the conscious and the unconscious.

His work forms part of museums and public collections such as the Birmingham Museum of Art (Birmingham, United Kingdom), The Broad Art Foundation (Santa Monica, USA), the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Washington DC, USA), Fond National d'Art Contemporain (Paris, France) and MNCARS Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia (Madrid, Spain).