Jonathan Daly

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Jonathan Daly (American, 1982-) contemporary painter, designer, teacher and muralist.

Raised on an old farm in Western New York, Jonathan Daly was immersed in a creative environment since conception. As the son of two painters and the identical twin of a designer, he never considered another path. In 2004 he graduated from Syracuse University’s School of Visual and Performing Arts, where he was greatly inspired to pursue his painting practice by the accomplished narrative painter, Jerome Witkin.

Jonathan soon returned to the countryside to reacquaint himself with the landscape that had shaped him. During this time the influence of his father Tom's paintings, along with the still-life work of Bruce Kurland, began to form his direction as a painter. In the fall of 2006 he journeyed east to attend the MFA painting program at Boston University, headed by the British landscape painter John Walker.

Jonathan continues to regularly exhibit his paintings, including a 2012 solo show at Alpha Gallery in Boston. Currently Jonathan lives and paints at his small creek side cabin in Bliss, New York. This remote environment is intimately reflected in his most recent paintings:

"The work examines the disconnect that saturates our contemporary relationship with the land we inhabit. Most of my paintings are honest narratives that describe the tenuous coexistence between our natural roots and the fabrications of our species. The peculiar correlation between the synthetic and the real are at the heart of my imagery. The compositions are careful arrangements of familiar spaces and items gleaned from my rural American life. I choose to make pictures from my daily observations in an attempt to further understand the disparities within our protected modern society."


1982- Born an identical twin in Buffalo, NY to Christine and Thomas Aquinas Daly.
2000- Graduated as class salutatorian from Pioneer Central High School, Yorkshire NY.

2004- Graduated summa cum laude with BFA from Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY.

2005-07- Exhibited, group shows, “Local Color”, ACWC Gallery, Perry, NY.

2006- Moved to Cambridge, MA to study painting with John Walker at Boston University.

2007-08- Exhibited, group shows, "Boston Young Contemporaries", 808 Gallery, Boston, MA.

2008- Received MFA in Painting from Boston University, Boston, MA. Exhibited, group show, “New Talent”, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA. Exhibited, group show, “Boston University MFA Thesis Show”, 808 Gallery, Boston, MA. Exhibited, family exhibit with his father Thomas and mother Christine, “Family Pictures”, Meibohm Fine Arts, East Aurora, NY.

2010- Exhibited, solo show,"Placement", The Paul William Beltz Family Art Gallery, Villa Maria College, Buffalo, NY

2011- Exhibited, group show, "Figuration & Its Disconnects", UB Art Gallery, U of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. Exhibited, group show, "Landscape & Still Life", Lockhart Gallery, SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

2012- Exhibited, solo show, “Bliss”, Alpha Gallery, Boston, MA. Exhibited, with Meibohm Fine Arts at Echo Art Fair, Larkin Center of Commerce, Buffalo, NY.

2013- Exhibited, two-person show, Recent Works, with Thomas Aquinas Daly, Kenan Center, Lockport, NY

2015- Exhibited, group show, "MANmade Art: A Cross-Generational Survey", Kenan Center, Lockport, NY. Exhibited, three-person show, "The Daly Show", along with Thomas Aquinas Daly and Christine Daly, ACWC Gallery, Perry, NY.

2017- Feb. 1-March 8, exhibit, solo show, "Background", SUNY Geneseo, Lockhart Gallery, 26 Main Street, Geneseo, NY.


- The Boston Globe: “Play of Light Makes for a Standout Exhibit”, by Cate McQuaid, June 18, 2008.
- Artvoice: “The Daly Show”, by Gerald Mead, November 13, 2008.
- Art New England: "Massachusetts Regional Review: New Talent", by Susan Boulanger, Oct./Nov. 2008.

Galleries: Alpha Gallery, 37 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02116

To view additional works or to contact the artist, please visit the artist's website link

(Compiled chronologically by Mark Strong of Meibohm Fine Arts, Inc., East Aurora, NY, 09/2008, from sources: Biographical information with permission from the artist and family; artist biographical information