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Gary John
Happy Thoughts

2015

About

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 on the boardwalk and experiencing “a bout with homelessness,” John exploded onto the international art scene first 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 NY Affordable Art Fair. His artworks continue to be exhibited at major international art fair in the United States and Europe. Gary John used acrylic paint, graphite, and pastels on cardstock to create this one-of-a-kind original artwork measuring 28" high by 22" wide. It is signed and dated by the artist in the lower left corner using the first two letters of his first and last name (GAJO). This artwork ships for free within the Continental US. A certificate of authenticity is included. John cites Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as his artistic inspiration. Other influences are comic books and American pop culture. His street artworks have a whimsical yet exciting and bold quality, inspired by classic cartoon and comic book characters rendered with acrylic paint in a bold graffiti style, on newspaper, magazine pages or cardboard. John says about his art: “I grew up in a dysfunctional, alcohol filled home. It actually pushed me away from drugs and alcohol. I have never drunk any liquor, smoked, or done any drugs. 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 2018 AAF Hong Kong 2018 Kunstwarenhaus Zurich, Switzerland 2018 AAF New York, NY 2018 Artspace Warehouse Los Angeles, CA 2018 Art Palm Springs 2017 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 2017 Artspace Warehouse Los Angeles, CA 2017 Arteria Gallery Montreal, Canada 2017 Art Market San Francisco, CA 2017 Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2016 Art Hamptons, NY 2016 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong 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, 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

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  • Dimensions
    H 28 in. x W 22 in.H 71.12 cm x W 55.88 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    LU426526752
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