JON MEASURES is a British mixed-media artist based in Los Angeles. After receiving a degree in Fine Art from Falmouth School of Art in 1987, Jon spent time in Manchester and London before settling in Los Angeles in the late 1980s. He has consistently produced art while enjoying a successful career as a graphic designer, illustrator and educator. Over the past few years, Jon made the transition from a working designer to a full-time exhibiting artist.
It was my honor to be asked to be the juror for the CAA member exhibition that is being held at the Towns Burr Gallery in Burbank this November. First, I must say that I was surprised by the standard of the work; this of course made my job much harder when trying to eliminate works from the show. I know from being on the other side of the fence as a practicing artist that submitting work and especially having work rejected can be a trying experience. I now know that the job of a juror can be equally agonizing.
As an artist myself I have the utmost appreciation for all artists. I understand the struggles and sacrifice involved in pursuing this passion in any kind of serious manner. I also believe that the work that we make, no matter how humble or how accomplished and ambitious, makes an important contribution to the human experience.
The size limitation for this show meant that most of the works are of a fairly similar size, but outside that limitation the work was as varied and fascinating as possible. It never ceases to amaze me how varied artistic expression can be. Even within the constraints of a particular medium such as collage the scope of possibility appears to be infinite. For all of those artists, especially those whose work was not included in this show, keep exploring and developing your creative practice. Everyone in the creative community benefits from everybody else’s efforts, we feed off and learn from each other’s ideas and approach. Collage Artists of America is a great example of a community of artists that all support each other in their efforts, and this group and these artists also go on to make contributions to the wider arts community.