Venice Beach Boards - Mixed Media Art by Gary John
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Gary John
Venice Beach Boards

2015

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Gary John's pop-street artworks have a whimsical, yet exciting and bold quality inspired by classic cartoon and comic book characters. Blending pop sensibilities with a roughened faux-naif street appeal, John's exuberant artworks are rendered with acrylic paint in a bold graffiti style. His choice of local newspapers or architecture paper, nods at the diverse Los Angeles neighborhoods that inspire him. Each artwork contains the unique quintessential symbols of Gary John, including references to the importance of a home, his admiration of Basquiat artworks, and his trajectory of fast growing, limitless international success. This colorful original pop-urban artwork on board is 28 inches high by 22 inches wide. The artwork is signed and dated by Gary John in black along the lower left corner using the first two letters of his first and last names: "GA JO". This artwork is not framed. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping is available. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included. Gary John has been a street artist since 1985. Originally from Seattle, Washington, he moved to Venice Beach, Los Angeles in 2003 and began selling on the Venice boardwalk. After almost 10 years selling his work on the boardwalk and experiencing “a bout with homelessness,” John first exploded onto the international art scene during Art Basel Miami in 2013. John’s playfully bold work quickly gained attention and he was named one of 20 standout artists at the 2014 New York Affordable Art Fair. His artworks continue to be exhibited at galleries and major international art fairs in the United States, Asia, and Europe. Notable collectors include Kelly Clarkson and Robert Downey Jr. He references this success in every artwork he makes. Along the left side of the artwork he paints a series of circles joined together by an arrow pointing up. Each circle represents a stepping stone on the path of success that keeps growing to greater heights. On the right side he depicts a line of houses, expressing the joy he finds in the stability of a home. John cites Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as his artistic inspiration. Other influences are comic books and American pop culture. His original artworks add a new face to the continuous popularity of pop art. John says about his art: “I grew up in a dysfunctional home. I always got lost in my art as an escape. Art is my passion. There is not enough time in the day to do all the painting I want to do. I’m consumed with it.” Exhibitions 2019 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2019 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2019 Affordable Art Fair New York 2019 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, Palm Springs, CA 2017 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2017 Art Market San Francisco, CA 2017 AAF New York, NY 2017 Affordable Art Fair London, UK 2017 Art Palm Springs, CA 2016 Affordable Art Fair London, UK 2016 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2016 Art Hamptons, NY 2016 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2016 Mark Jason Gallery London, UK 2016 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2016 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA 2016 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA 2015 Artspace Warehouse, CA 2015 Affordable Art Fair Singapore 2015 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2015 Art Hamptons, NY 2015 Affordable Art Fair London, UK 2015 Love Art Fair Toronto, Canada 2015 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2015 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA 2015 LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA 2014 Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL 2014 Kunstwarenhaus Zurich, Switzerland 2014 Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2014 Houston Fine Art Fair 2014 Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2014 Love Art Toronto Fair, Canada 2014 Stand Arte Gallery Madrid 2014 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2014 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA 2014 Affordable Art Fair London 2013 SCOPE Miami Beach, FL 2013 Los Angeles Art Fair, CA 2013 Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2013 Affordable Art Fair New York 2013 Hampton’s Art Fair Bridgehampton, NY 2013 Houston HFAF Art Fair, Houston, TX 2013 Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2012 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA 2012 Bruce Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA 2012 Affordable Art Fair, New York, CA 2011 SOHO Gallery, Studio City, CA 1988 – 1990 ‘COCA’ Center of Contemporary Arts, Seattle, WA 2003 – 2013 Abott Kinney Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA 2008 – 2013 Downtown Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA 2003 – 2013 Venice Beach Boardwalk, Los Angeles, CA Representation: Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, USA

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  • Condition
    New
  • Dimensions
    H 28 in. x W 22 in. x D 0.1 in.H 71.12 cm x W 55.88 cm x D 2.54 mm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU4264345771
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