Ketner, Jeremiah

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Jeremiah Ketner's paintings are instantly recognizable amongst his contemporaries in the pop surrealism movement. His early work, characterized by mischievous sprites and whimsical patterns, has evolved into lush, richly colored environments inhabited by a cast of pensive, dreamy young women. Each character presents a unique brand of beauty, created entirely within Jeremiah's imagination and painted completely from memory.

The sprites (which grace the walls of Nordstrom department stores nationwide) still appear as inspiration for custom wooden and vinyl toys. Bringing a three-dimensional surface to life is one of Jeremiah's favorite challenges; the intricate, colorful one-of-a-kind creatures are immensely popular amongst his collectors. The next step, he says, is to create and produce his own wooden toy design.

Beyond the designer toy phenomenon, other aspects of Japanese culture — the fabrics and motifs, the meticulous taming of and tending to nature — provide an ever-flowing spring of insight, and Jeremiah travels there as often as possible. "I love the gardens," he says. "They do an amazing job of taking a small space and making it feel like a large environment."

During one trip to Tokyo he observed, "Everything in Japan is small and round," which became his mantra of sorts, an enigmatic interpretation of his overall aesthetic. "It loosely describes work from long ago, but I guess it's more of a pen name," says Jeremiah, whose Internet-savvy fans know to look for his "smallandround" persona for frequent updates and photographs of new art.

Though Chicago may be lacking in things small and round, the city features a flourishing artists' community as well as a world-class collection of parks and museums, which Jeremiah frequently explores with his two young sons. Reflecting on the day's adventures gets him in the proper frame of mind for painting. "When I'm in the studio at night, a lot of these things come through… flowers, vines, different types of trees," he explains. "I like the fact that being in the city, everything is more arranged. People tend to treat their gardens differently than if they had sprawling space."

Jeremiah's pop culture-inspired style and unconventional creations have a traditional foundation. With his family's encouragement, he began formal art studies at the age of 12. He holds a BFA from Columbus College of Art and Design and an MFA from Southern Illinois University. Jeremiah's paintings and toys have been featured in solo and group exhibitions in more than 50 galleries across North America, and he's acquired a strong international following through his dedication to the Internet and social media.


Mini Wishing Tree

Mini Wishing Tree

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Adourer

Adourer

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After The Kiss

After The Kiss

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Amber Fields

Amber Fields

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Before Dusk

Before Dusk

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Flower Kitty

Flower Kitty

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In This Moment

In This Moment

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Into The Sea

Into The Sea

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Lets Go For a Swim

Lets Go For a Swim

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Lets Play In The Lilypad Garden

Lets Play In The Lilypad Garden

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Little Wings JK

Little Wings JK

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Mini Flower Kitty

Mini Flower Kitty

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Morning Mist

Morning Mist

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On The Way

On The Way

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Personal Sunshine

Personal Sunshine

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QS Wishing Tree One

QS Wishing Tree One

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QS Wishing Tree Three

QS Wishing Tree Three

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QS Wishing Tree Two

QS Wishing Tree Two

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Quiet Moment

Quiet Moment

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Sakura Tiger

Sakura Tiger

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Starfish Collection

Starfish Collection

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The Breakfast

The Breakfast

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The Falls

The Falls

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Wishing Tree

Wishing Tree

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