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Art & Life with Jonathan Schute

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jonathan Schute.

Jonathan, please kick things off for us by telling us about yourself and your journey so far.
My artistic journey began in the Midwest where my creativity developed with gessoed canvases and oil paint. That emerging passion lead me to study at RISD on the east coast where I was taken with design and typography. From there I was drawn to the opposite coast where the San Francisco Ballet provided the inspiration that sharpened my type sensibility. My love of the arts and culture attracted me to Los Angeles where a fresh design landscape unfolded. With insight from experiences and travel, I now run a small studio that focuses on crafting and elevating brands with clients ranging from musicians to nonprofits.

Can you give our readers some background on your art?
I’m a graphic designer who primarily helps to shape identities for a variety of individuals and companies. My work focuses on print, but I also design for the web. Through thoughtful collaboration with my clients, I strive to create a solution that finds the right voice for each unique brand. This desire to problem solves keeps me constantly challenged and inspired. When people view my work, I hope for them to be visually engaged and to recognize the creative intent within each piece.

In your view, what is the biggest issue artists have to deal with?
One challenge is the free, easy and ready availability of social media and its proliferation of activity. How do individuals ensure they stand out amongst the masses and are being seen? Choosing which platform is right for your media, what to present and how to maximize who sees your work. In general artists need to learn how to navigate the crowded landscape of social media with careful thought and planning.

What’s the best way for someone to check out your work and provide support?
My design can be viewed in RGB, but also experienced in analog form in and around Los Angeles. Whether it’s someone shopping with a tote bag in Los Feliz, purchasing vinyl at a neighborhood record shop, or protest posters at local rallies. The work I create reflects the city’s diverse personality and tries to capture its energy. I also enjoy framing the city with my camera, capturing its bold architecture, dynamic landscapes and the challenge of using Instagram’s square format to present them.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Jonathan Schute
  • Website: www.goaheadschute.com
  • Phone: 323-395-1963
  • Email: js@goaheadschute.com
  • Instagram: @goaheadschute

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Jonathan Schute

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