After studying music for some years, Jonathan Lasker decided to take up painting in the second half of the 1970s. Between 1975 and 1977, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York and completed his training at the California Institute for the Arts. At that time the heyday of Conceptual Art had given rise to a certain hostility towards painting. However, Lasker was deeply influenced by teachers at the centre such as Susan Rothenberg and Richard Artschwager, who encouraged his interest in the medium. In the first half of the 1980s his canvases usually showed a more or less recognisable figure in a light colour against a dark geometrical background, in an attempt to define the visual features of everyday objects. That was a period of marked subjective and intuitive components. In 1985, at the time of the resurgence of abstraction in the USA, his work underwent a change. His work process became more complex: he made a large number of sketches, though without ever losing the spontaneity of his beginnings. Far from becoming a conflict, that dichotomy is reflected in the possibility of a twofold reading of his works: a more immediate one, linked to their visual quality, and a more pondered one related to the reconstruction of his work process.