‘Feine is holding an Opening Reception on Friday, February 1st from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. for Jon Bandish, the artist exhibiting in the coffee shop through March 9th.
Bandish makes his home in Conshohocken. Here is a little about him:
A Philadelphia based artist, Jon was born and raised both in and out of the city. He has studied at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art in suburban Philadelphia as well as in Rome. Jon has traveled the world including Paris, London, Barcelona, and Venice and lived and studied in Rome only to come back to his native Philadelphia with a renewed artistic sensibility in a vibrant and unique city.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing from Tyler School of Art in 2006, Jon continued his artistic endeavors within the Temple University family by enrolling in the Artist in Healthcare certificate program. Utilizing these skills and his background as a lifeguard, first responder and E.M.T. Jon volunteered as an art therapist at Magee Rehab in Center City. Continuing his creative pursuits Jon began to volunteer at area museums and galleries including J.A.G. Fine Art, also in Center City, as well as Woodmere Museum of Art in Chestnut Hill. Jon is also a Docent at Woodmere and teaches class in their studio program. Always looking for another creative opportunity Jon soon found himself back within the Tyler family by renting a studio space at the now defunct Art Making Machine Studios and Flux Space in Kensington, formerly run by friends of his from his Tyler days. He has shown at museums and galleries in and around the city as well as in New York City, Baltimore, and Washington D.C. He is part of private and public collections including the most recent purchase by the new Einstein Hospital in Montgomery County. He is currently represented by J.A.G. Fine Art in Philadelphia.
Jon gained acceptance in graduate programs in recent years at both The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and The Pratt Institute of Art and Design in Brooklyn but continues to pursue other non conforming opportunities. Jon is always pursuing what it means to be a creative person in the contemporary world and engages many different people into conversations about a broad array of topics including philosophy, architecture, history, regional politics, and tattoos. Jon currently owns his home in Conshohocken and has held a job with IKEA Home Furnishings for more than 15 years.