About the Artist
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.John focused on his design career after receiving his MFA, 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.
Human curiosity is a powerful impulse and one that is often uncomfortable with the unknown. When faced with something we cannot understand or perceive, our instinct is to fill the gaps. While this trait has been a benefit to humanity in many ways, this persistent drive for concrete explanation sometimes distracts us from appreciating the full experience. As Kenya Hara once said “There is nothing, but I think there is everything.”Like Joan Mitchell, Cy Twombly, and other abstract artists before me, I simply build surfaces of space and form intended to make room for emotional responses that the viewer cannot describe specifically. Language focuses attention on specific attributes of a work, distracting us from the intangible that are the most powerful and relevant.