About the Artist
Jonathan Becker is an artiste multiforme. As a performer he has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America. He has appeared as an actor in programs with most of the major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and Canada performing in such venues as Lincoln Center. Since 1988, Jonathan has helped in the development of sixteen original works for theater. He co-founded and was Co-Artistic Director of two theatre companies: Les Senokrates in Luzern, Switzerland and The Brodeur Brothers in Paris, France.
His work as a teaching artist includes invitations from 34 institutions in 6 countries. Jonathan has founded the North American Laboratory for the Performing Arts with the intention of creating an incubator space in which artists of all genres can develop new work together, support and learn from each other.
He is the owner/operator and Master Mask Maker at Theater-Masks.com a full service production shop creating masks for the international theatre community. Educational institutions, professional theatres and individual artists in 50 countries are currently using Jonathan’s masks. Jonathan was recently awarded a Meritorious Achievement Award by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for his mask designs associated with a new translation of Hecuba presented at the University of Colorado. He is considered a master mask maker by artists and teachers worldwide.
Jonathan’s work has been featured in galleries throughout the United States and he was awarded the first annual mayors’ arts award in Muncie, Indiana where he lived and worked from 2005 – 2020.
Jonathan is expanding the work of his studio now to focus more on gallery oriented and decorative work.
I am a sculptor, performer, teaching artist, musician and gardener. Every endeavor I engage in as a creative seems to be all of these things at once. The work is about the spaces between the rhythmic lines and planes of the form I am working on, the exchange between an audience and what they are viewing, the reach to understand, the silence between the notes and the constant planting of seeds, weeding and watching something grow.
Every aspect of the work is story… my story… the story of another… universal story. The sculpture is a living moment captured in stillness. It is the moment before and the implication of the moments to come.
The performance is a celebration of idiocy and foolishness. My life would be a terrible waste of material without this sharing.
Everything in life is music, movement and a planting of seeds for the future.
My work is a constant search to define a culture, a mythic space and a clear origin of being. I am often asked to define my process or to answer the question of how do I solve creative problems. The process is different every time I begin. I thrive in the unknown, the indefinable and the unanswerable question. I am not a fan of rules and believe that nothing is impossible.
The work is a clear and simple celebration of struggle. I believe it is strongest when needed rather than just match the couch. Although matching the couch might be important to the buyer.