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Jonathan Aller

Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Siempre en Movimiento
acrylic, oil, latex, colored pencil, and marker on canvas


Tell us about the work that you have submitted.

My self-portrait, Siempre en Movimiento, analyzes not only myself but also the objects around me and how they define my identity. The more refined areas to the simplified ones show the hierarchy of story and of identity.

How do you describe your work and practice?

My work is a contemporary take on classical portraiture.

What motivated you to apply to the XL Catlin Art Prize?

The XL Catlin Art Prize is a prestigious competition attracting top talent from around the nation. My motivation in applying was to gauge how my work is received among curators and peers.

What about figurative work do you find particularly inspiring?

The history of figure paintings interpreted by various genres is fascinating. Through its complexities of tone, subtle color shifts and composition, the figure continuously lures me to attempt to translate its beauty.