John is a professional designer and painter who was born and raised in Austin, TX. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from Texas State University in 2000 and his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2006. It was during his undergraduate studies that he was exposed to post-modern designers such as David Carson and the work of abstract artists such as Basquiat, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler, and Cy Twombly.
These influences culminated in his MFA work at Louisiana Tech where he designed and built books exploring deconstruction and fragmented narratives.
After receiving his MFA, John focused on his design career, but returned to painting several years ago. His mastery of design deeply informs his ability to create visual surfaces that truthfully bear witness to gripping human experiences which are difficult to fully articulate with language.
His work was most recently exhibited in the 4 Elements show at the Van Der Plas Gallery in New York, NY and in the ArtsPSWT Show at the Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn, NY.
It is human nature to crystalize the unknown with words. In the face of the overwhelming, we retreat to the comfort of the tangible, sometimes missing the full impact of the experience. In my work, I attempt to build surfaces that balance the obtuse with the specific. While some remain fully open to interpretation and others make specific narrative references, all seek to truthfully bear witness to gripping human experiences that are difficult to fully articulate with language.
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