No current or upcoming exhibits scheduled at this time.
2013 Niche Awards Finalist
"Persuasive Currents No.1" in the category of Wood: Painted/Colored
Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Saturday February 16 during the Buyers Market of American Craft. This event will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, February 16-18, 2013.
The Niche Awards competition is presented by Niche magazine, the exclusive trade publication for retailers of American and Canadian fine craft.
Photo: Persuasive Currents No.1 (2011)
Current work (Sculpture and Color)
During the creative process, John's main focus has always been on the sculptural design elements used to assist in projecting a 3D form derived from his imagination. In his current work, the use of color has become a supporting component in assisting in the element of realism.
John has chosen Acrylics by Golden Artist Colors because of its extreme quality, versatility and color range. Golden is committed to producing materials that encourage exploration of form and concept, while assuring archival integrity. Golden colors retain excellent flexibility when dry, greatly diminishing the likelihood of the cracking that occurs in other natural and synthetic polymer systems. Golden colors are produced with a high pigment load of lightfast pigments resulting in highly intense, permanent acrylic colors.
John has selected Maple and Black Cherry as the main hardwood species of choice for all current and upcoming works. Maple and Black Cherry has excellent sculptural characteristics such as ease of use and its smooth and uniform texture. This eliminates the possibility of any natural characteristics of the wood from distracting the intended textured and painted surface. As a sculptural support for painting, These two species are also very dimensionally stable, meaning that it has very little movement with regards to expansion and contraction with changes in temperature and humidity. This is key for the longevity of the artwork.
Sculpture and the beauty of wood
In John's previous work, the primary focus was on the sculptural design elements along with showcasing the natural beauty of the wood. Typically darker hardwoods where used such as Walnut, Cherry and Mahogany along with the limited use of other hardwood species such as Osage Orange and Hickory.
Considerations for selecting a wood species where mainly determined by the look or feel that John was trying to achieve in each sculptural form. Some forms required a wood species that displayed a rich and elegant feel while other pieces required more of an organic or rustic appearance. Other elements such as the texturability of a wood species where considered especially when sandblasting was favored to achieve a desired look.
To truly capture the natural beauty of the wood, John finished each piece using a clear finish only, primarily a tung oil based varnish or Danish oil. The level of sheen was usually satin but may have been buffed to achieve a flat or high polished look depending on the esthetics required to capture either an elegant, mysterious or a natural organic appearance.
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