Texas-born artist Jonathon Kimbrell (McM Class of 2004) hails from Houston, but spent his formative years amongst Abilene’s dusty prairies and mesquite trees. He has been immensely influenced by 20th Century artists Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, Ed Ruscha, Helen Frankenthaler, Franz Kline, and Tom Wesselman, to name a few, as well as heavily inspired by music, movies, comic books, advertising, mid-century graphic and poster design, classic automobiles, printmaking, and packaging design. In various form and fashion, these elements find their way into Kimbrell’s extensive body of fine art and commercial work.
In the fifteen years Kimbrell has been working as a professional artist in Dallas, his fine artwork resides in numerous corporate and private art collections in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia. Commercially, Kimbrell has the immense privilege of working with the music industry’s top acts, such as Alice Cooper, The Polyphonic Spree, Candlebox, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Margo Price, Ray Manzarek (of The Doors) and Charlie Musselwhite, in addition to working with iconic record label, Sun Records. Kimbrell was awarded the prestigious record industry’s “Alex Award,” in 2017, named for famed Columbia Records album packaging designer, Alex Steinweiss, for his work on Alice Cooper’s “Live from the Astroturf” 45rpm release.
Kimbrell is currently working on his Masters of Fine Arts from Texas A&M University – Commerce in Visual Communications, with an expected graduation date of 2021.
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