Art: From Studio to Carousel: The Whimsical World of Jonathan Queen

Cincinnati-based artist Jonathan Queen does not shy away from long-term commitments.

click to enlarge Local artist Jonathan Queen’s contributions to Carol Ann’s Carousel include paintings of Cincinnati landscapes and animal characters.
Local artist Jonathan Queen’s contributions to Carol Ann’s Carousel include paintings of Cincinnati landscapes and animal characters.

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incinnati-based artist Jonathan Queen does not shy away from long-term commitments. His 20-month-long project with the Haile/U.S. Bank Foundation painting Cincinnati park scenes for Carol Ann’s Carousel in Smale Riverfront Park was unveiled last March, and Queen is also responsible for the highly visible 2012 “Fresh Harvest” ArtWorks mural on the side of the downtown Kroger building.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, Queen lucked into his first gallery representation in the early aughts almost by accident, when a collector was having the artist’s commissioned work framed at Miller Gallery. Shortly thereafter, he began part-time work as a framer for the established Hyde Park exhibition space — a solid, reliable job for any artist, not to mention a young father of four. Read more about Jonathan Queen here.


FROM STUDIO TO CAROUSEL: THE WHIMSICAL WORLD OF JONATHAN QUEEN is on view until Sept. 6 at the Taft Museum of Art. CAROL ANN’S CAROUSEL is now open at Smale Riverfront Park. More info:
taftmuseum.org; cincinnatiparks.com.


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