Jonathan Kopinski is a Brisbane-based artist whose work encompasses personal, diaristic painting and peculiar narratives of place. Born in Sydney, Kopinski grew up in suburban Brisbane in the 1990s before graduating with a Bachelor of Architecture (Hons) from the University of Queensland. He has gradually developed and refined his painting practice over the years, and is particularly drawn to “earnest” forms of art practice such as folk art and the self-taught. He describes himself as a particularly “Brisbane” artist: sketchy, poetically awkward, and ‘very quick on the eye’.

“These works form a type of scenography of seemingly banal or peculiar incidents. Some occur mere hours before they are painted; others are separated by decades. They usually involve strange settings, eccentric characters, and ambiguous abstractions. All are painted from memory, painted spontaneously, and all are important to me. They can be read either as individual pieces or as a collective work – a kind of oblique and playful visual autobiography.”

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