Jan 25, 2024 - News

Meet the Maker: Jonathan Southern

This photo combination shows artist Jonathan Southern and his portrait of Martin Luther King Jr.

Photos: Courtesy of Jonathan Southern

Welcome to Meet the Maker, a series dedicated to shining a spotlight on local creators of all kinds.

Meet Jonathan Southern, an Indianapolis-based heirloom portrait artist who uses colored and graphite pencils to capture the essence of Black art and culture.

The inspo: Southern, the owner of J. South Art Studio, says his work is inspired by family, music, pop culture and Black history.

  • "A lot of my inspiration comes from disrupting negative stereotypes in mainstream media regarding Black Americans in history and in music. So a lot of my art is inspired by positive imagery of the Black community," he said.

What he's making now: Southern is one of the many local artists contributing to Indy's Home Court during NBA All-Star weekend.

  • He is creating a mural for the Indianapolis Artsgarden called "Street Ball" that analyzes the connection between basketball and the streets.

Check him out: On Etsy or Facebook.

Do you know a maker we should meet? Tell us all about them at [email protected].

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