John speaks about his
I drew my first nude
as a 16-year-old high schooler in New York City in 1959. A classmate took a
small group of us to open life drawing at the famous Art Students League in
Manhattan. There, for less than a dollar, we drew the figure for two hours with
a few dozen other artists.
I had never seen a live nude model
before, but after a minute or so of trepidation, I began to draw. And
immediately I was hooked. There was something about the abstract beauty of the
figure — plus the model's inherent humanness, sensuality and personality — that
I wanted to capture.
In time, I saw the figure as a template
for experiments in color, expression, abstraction and playfulness. That's where
I am now, using the figure to explore a wide visual vocabulary. People have
called me an abstract painter, an expressionist, a fauve, a colorist and
Matisse-like. Who knows?
Some of the artists where I have my
studio, in Western Avenue
Studios in Lowell, Mass., wonder why I use different
models. “All his models look alike,” they say. But I need models. They are my
collaborators, whose style and personalities influence my paintings as much as
their torsos, limbs and faces.
Born: New York, NY.,1942
Schooling: Graduated from the High School of Art and Design,
New York N.Y., 1959; majored in advertising art. Graduated from Syracuse
University, 1963: bachelor of arts; Majored in American studies and journalism.
Journalist: For 40
years, newspaper and magazine writer, editor and executive. I worked for a variety of general interest
and specialized publications with local and national and national audiences.
Currently write a weekly column, "After the Show," about movies, TV,
culture and society for the Waterbury Republican-American in Connecticut.
Exhibited in the juried show, "Ambiguous
Relationships," at the Strathmore Art Center, Bethesda, Md., 1988.
Exhibited in regional bi-annual juried show at the Whistler
House Museum of Art, Lowell, Mass., 1997.
Exhibited in a National juried show, "Nude 2002"
at the Lexington Art League, Lexington, Ken., January 2002.
Exhibited at the NOA Gallery, Groton, Mass., June 2005
Exhibited in " Juried Members Exhibition" at the
Brush Studios & Gallery, Lowell, Mass., January 2002.
Exhibited in one-person and group shows at the Whistler
House Museum of Art, Lowell, Mass., November and December 2002, January 2004,
Exhibited in a one -person exhibition, "Naked
Lunch," at La Boniche Restaurant, Lowell, Mass., December 2001 to March
Exhibited in a three-person exhibition at the Higher Ground
Coffee House and in one-person show at La Boniche Restaurant, Lowell, Mass.,
April and May 2003.
Exhibited at the NOA Gallery, Groton, Mass., July 2005.
Exhibited at the Mambo Grill, Lowell, Mass., November 2005.
Exhibited at the Art's League of Lowell Gallery, September
and December 2005.
Exhibited in " In Sequence," an exhibition curated
by Patrick Pollard, The Brush Art Gallery and Studios, Lowell, Mass.,
Exhibited in "New Volumes" an exhibition of books
created by artists, 119 Gallery, Lowell, Mass., May-June 2006.
Exhibited in Multiple Exposures," a one-person
exhibition, the Prescott Street Gallery, Lowell, Mass., June-July 2006.
Exhibited in Solo "bijou" exhibition the Eggroll
Cafe, Lowell, Mass., August-October 2006.
"Scrolls: A fiber Interpretation," Western Avenue Studios, Lowell,
Mass., July-September 2007.
Exhibited in Arts League of Lowell " Folk Festival
Members Show," ALL Gallery, Lowell, Mass., July August 2007.
"Creative Fervor: First Annual 119 Gallery Members Exhibit," 119
Gallery, Lowell., Mass., July-August 2007.
Exhibited in "Self Portraits: Arts League of Lowell
First Juried Exhibition," ALL Arts Gallery, Lowell, Mass.,
September-October 2007. Received Juror's Commendation.