Jon Sarkin's work is influenced by popular culture, comics, literature, and music. Sarkin creates elaborate drawings and paintings filled with words and images. He has been featured in many publications and documentaries, including GQ, The New Yorker, The New York Times, ArtNews, Primetime Live, the Discovery Channel and the BBC. He has exhibited widely in locations, including New York, London, Los Angeles and Boston.
Sarkin received the Salem State University Art + Design 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award in spring 2017, to honor his remarkable commitment to art and creativity and will be on campus at various times throughout the academic year as an artist-in-residence. In addition to his exhibition he will be performing his unique blend of poetry and performance art with filmmaker Emile Doucette on September 20 at 2 pm.