John was born in Evansville, Indiana
and moved to Ft. Wayne as a child. He currently works at a machinist
but he has always been an artist, having studied art in the public school
system and participated in several scholastic art competitions. He has
continued his training by studying the abstract, post-modernism styles of
both Black American and European artists. He has had many one person
and group shows in Indiana and Ohio and is in private collections in the
United States and Canada. John works primarily on paper with acrylics
and sometimes on canvas. The inspiration for his work is what he sees
around him, simple life events that he depicts with a colorful palette.
He enjoys cartoons and his work, without the balloon captions, has the same
story telling attributes. This is partially achieved by how the size
of the main elements of a painting relate, or do not relate to each other.
One figure may appear to be much larger, thus commanding more importance.
Their positioning is also critical. When his paintings include people, they
have a universality to their appearance, a blend of all the cultures of the
world which means that all of us can relate to the stories he tells.
John's work was recently exhibited at the Toledo Museum of Art and Owens
Community College in Toledo.
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