Reagan, Jimmy

Reagan, Jimmy

The imagery in his art radiates his ability to bring fresh perspective to an image or a simple form. Reagan often re-imagines the world in bright and sometimes shocking color and often with distorted and inverted shapes. His unique style is born out of a struggle to communicate his ideas, his needs, and his perspective to the world visually. Diagnosed at age three with Autism, art expression became a way to give visual voice to his dreams and experiences.

I love color. By using small “tick” marks and blocks of color, I create emotion and beauty in my pictures. I find joy in my work and my art allows me to communicate with others without using words.


He has been selected as the featured artist for the 2012 University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital WineFest No. 17. His painting, “Cafe at Night,” provides the inspiration for the two-day event. The William Gordon Winery of California also uses six of Reagan’s pieces as part of their award winning wine labels.


Reagan’s art is held in collections gracing the walls of private and public residences, law offices, investment firms and physician clinics. His work is currently on permanent display at Sunfish Cellars in Lilydale, Minnesota and University of Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic.

My “tick” marks are inspired by Van Gogh and other Impressionist’s small paint strokes.  I “tick” marks in unique ways never using them exclusively in a work. Picasso’s cubist period has influenced my portraiture.  I find the cubist lines and bold colors inspiring.



Sunfish Cellars, Lilydale, Minnesota – ongoing

University of Minnesota Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic – ongoing

Edina Art Center, Minnesota –  February 2011

University of Minnesota WineFest

Unity Church, St. Paul, Minnesota

Eclectic Goat, Northfield, Minnesota

Fresh Ground, St.Paul, Minnesota

Depot, Hopkins, Minnesota

Factory-Art Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Owatonna Art Center

The Bean Factory, St.Paul, Minnesota

Fair Bobiam Gallery, Minneapolis

Good Purpose Gallery, Lee, Massachusetts

EXPO Chicago


Honorable Mention, Edina Art Center
University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital WineFest
Factory-Art Gallery Berlin, Germany
Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Art Perchance

Public Presenting:


Target Corporation

University of Minnesota WineFest


Owatonna Center for the Arts

University of St Thomas 10th Anniversary Celebration

Visitation Merrie Market

Erik’s Ranch and Retreat



Acrylic, Oil, Painting

art, neurodiverse, painting