Jodi Bonassi is a true LA artist born in downtown LA in the city of angels. Her main form of expression is drawing and painting. In The words of Peter Frank "Jodi Bonassi may be best known for her upbeat, rough hewn depictions of barber shops and other sites of public interaction, but here she offers tender detailed and slightly strange drawings of children and other domestic figures." Curator,art critic 2012. Originally considered an outsider artist, her work has grown in sophistication and continued chaos and the rolling floors continue thru out her works.
Her drawings of children as stated by Peter Frank (Art Critic/curator) is an "anxious realism of the Weimer-era New Objectivity.
Exhibiting both locally and nationally, she has been an active art maker for over 25 years. Originally seen as an outsider artist, her work has grown exponentially as a drawing informed painter. Her career has been rigorous, providing artwork for public and private purposes, a long list of publications, on a range of materials from paper to painted assemblage. The work is an ongoing conversation that people can engage in. It transcends time while still documenting a place, allowing the viewer to feel connected to the human experience of communal exchanges.
Jodi Bonassi’s work has been published in papers and magazines over the years. Pomona Valley Review.(July 31, 2015). Zocalo Public Square (2014) requested images and a story about her experiences drawing in barbershops for their online periodical.
Genie Davis sees her work as a form of social realism and compares her work to Henri Rousseau. In the recent article by Genie Davis,"LA Artscene Mural On Canvas" she remarks that her work is a perfect adjunct to a museum collection or for a private buyer. Mat Gleason, an iconic figure and art critic in the LA Artscene describes her recent painting "Chungking Alley". My impressions of the piece are that it asserts its own art historical narrative instead of submitting to academic structures and choices. An amazing dreamscape narrative with painterly precision Jodi has been around forever as have I.
Her long list of publications include the Boston Globe, Diversions LA (2016), Diversions LA (Groundspace Explores Fantastic Feminist Figurations), Art And Cake 2016, Kirk Silbee (2015 titled "The Drawing Show", Art and Cake (2016) ,The Chronicle Review, the Los Angeles Times, The Daily News, Flavorpill, Lark and other papers. Her work has been published in Studio Visit Magazine, Hair’s How Magazine (Personal interview and published images, Fall issue 2012), Our Ever Changing World (2013) by Karrie Ross, Art and Living (2007), Art Calendar Magazine (2005 cover), Harpers Magazine (2002), 2007 Emerging Artist Calendar.
She continues to paint and draw everyday, exhibiting in various venues, and has an active art practice.In 2013 she had a solo exhibit at Gallery 825, for her tender drawings of children in today’s world. She also participated in a 3 person exhibit at LA Artcore. In 2010, Jodi was commissioned by the Lou Adler Family to paint on a 10-foot fiberglass guitar, which was exhibited as public art for 1 year in front of the Rainbow Grill on Sunset Blvd. It sold at Julian’s Auction in the top ten bids and the proceeds went to children’s charities. The guitar was also featured in a vignette on “Storage Wars”, a popular TV show. Her work was also spotted on a reality show that held their engagement party at 3Twenty Wine Lounge.
Noted curators who have selected her works are Shana Nys Dambrot, Betty Ann Brown, Wendy Sherman, Shula Nazarian, Dale Youngman, Jack Rutberg, Jonathan Green, Peter Frank, Ann Philbin, Rita Gonzalez, Cliff Benjamin (2008) Western Projects, Mat Gleason, Franklin Sirmans, Ali Subotnik (2010), and other noteworthy curators. All of her work centers on cultural diversity, and our common desire to reach out and connect to others. She was awarded the Hans Burkhart Memorial Scholarship, the University Scholar award and other awards connected to her art practice. She is a dedicated artist whose work has merited inclusion in the Alchemy of Art Exhibition juried by esteemed Los Angeles critic, Peter Frank. Other noted curators who have selected her work in juried gallery exhibits in Los Angeles are Ann Philbin (from the Hammer Museum, gallery 825 Open Show, 2006), Cliff Benjamin ( "Out There", LAAA, 2008), Bert Green of Bert Green Fine Art ("Out There", Gallery 825, 2009), and Marc Pachter from the Smithsonian Institute(Best Painting Award, Cambridge Prize Show, 2003.