Jon MacNair was born in Seoul, South Korea and grew up in the suburbs of Southeastern Michigan near Detroit. He graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2005, where he earned a BFA in Illustration. His commercial work has appeared in various editorial publications and mainly been used for apparel and package design.

Clients include: Monument Snowboards, 21st Amendment Brewery, Grove, Corpse Corps Boards, Willamette Week, On3P Skis, The Stranger, Gigantic Brewing, Tooth & Nail Records, Closed Casket Activities, Baltimore Magazine, Annalemma, Urbanite Magazine, Baltimore City Paper, Slice Literary Magazine, Pittsburgh City Paper, The Riverfront Times, Rockpile Magazine, The Washington Square Review, Hyphen Magazine and Computer Arts Projects.

In addition to freelance illustration, he frequently exhibits his personal work in galleries around the U.S. and abroad. Cities include New York, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Baltimore, St. Augustine, Seattle, Tokyo, Glasgow, Paris and Hamburg. Notable exhibitions include the annual group show at La Luz de Jesus Gallery and The BLAB! Show at Copro Gallery in 2010. Publications like Beautiful Decay, Elle Girl, Juxtapoz and Hi-Fructose have also featured his personal work.

Jon currently resides in the beautiful city of Portland where he continues to divide his time between freelance projects and exhibiting his personal work.

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Jon MacNair’s illustrations are to-the-point and communicative, summing up big ideas in beautifully clear and whimsical imagery. His fine art pieces are mysterious and dreamlike, often encapsulating entire narratives within one image.
— Lost At E Minor
Jon MacNair opens windows into cryptic worlds with his monochromatic pen-and-ink drawings. His work has a decidedly vintage, if not medieval, feel. The artist renders elaborate depictions of self-created myths and legends, but rather than being grandiose, the tone of his work is self-aware and humorous.
— Hi-Fructose Magazine