There are few artists working in the flyfishing field with a style as instantly recognizable as cover artist/Gallery artist Jonathan Marquardt. His heavily inked, roughly hewn linocuts are bold, eye-catching and often playful, but precise enough to capture the delicate angle of a fin or the wary intentions of a trout’s eye. There’s no one making art quite like Marquardt and his Flyfish Journal gallery is a striking introduction to his work.
Words: Steve Duda
Color and line. Line and color. It’s a mantra that slips from Marquardt’s lips often, which is odd because Jonathan Marquardt doesn’t seem like the type of guy given to spouting mantras. But stare long enough at his work and the two elements announce themselves with force and frequency. And while his work is bold, striking and often playful, its foremost qualities seem to be a rigorous notion of discipline and structure. His colors are perfectly selected. The lines he gouges for his linocuts are at once roughly hewn but precise enough to capture the delicate angle of a fin or the wary intentions of a fish’s eye.
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