Artist Statement

My work explores the relationship between Bauhausian sensibilities and midlife subcultures.

With influences as diverse as Caravaggio and Roy Lichtenstein, new tensions are manufactured from both orderly and random meanings.

Ever since I was a postgraduate I have been fascinated by the traditional understanding of the moment. What starts out as triumph soon becomes debased into a hegemony of lust, leaving only a sense of unreality and the dawn of a new order.

As shifting phenomena become distorted through undefined and undefined practice, the viewer is left with a glimpse of the inaccuracies of our future.

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What I really want you to know is that I love to draw and paint the human form and portrait. I have been drawing since I was about 3 years old. I estimate I have drawn over 20,000 pictures over my lifetime,  many of them simple cartoons and sketches.

One of my greatest joys is when someone saved one of my drawings and shows it to me decades later, like for example a funny caricature of a grade-school teacher. It brings me great pleasure to know my funny drawing or cartoon has lasted so long and has served to anchor the good times for that me and that person I shared it with.

I hope to use this website to document some of my work. I hope you enjoy the pictures here, and learn something about me and what I love to do.


John Colasante