CONTEMPORARY ART, FIGURATIVE AND ABSTRACT ART
John Day, who was born in Kennington, London has been painting full time for the past 11 years. There are many influences on his paintings, mainly from Brazil, where he Lived and worked between 2001 and 2009.
John is a big fan of Brazilian art, so while in Brazil he spent a lot of his spare time in the São Paulo Museum of Art located in the Avenida Paulista, Sao Paulo and the Pinacoteca which is one of the most important art museums in Brazil. It is housed in a 1900 building in Jardim da Luz in Downtown São Paulo.
Among his favourite artists are Anita Malfatti and Tarsila do Amaral. Also "Romero Britto" who combines elements of cubism, pop art and graffiti in his extremely colourful paintings
Although he now lives in France John visits Brazil regularly and his paintings still respond to the colourful feel of the South American country and its people.
Since 2003 John has worked consistently on his painting trying to develop his own personal style.
Recently his work which has, in the past been predominantly figurative, has started moving more towards the abstract.
Working on canvas, wooden board and paper John starts off in a figurative way but his work becomes more abstract as the painting progresses. When working on canvas or board he often builds up layers of paint then by sanding and scratching back he is able to bring the different layers of colour through. He gets his initial design from photos and sketches but only uses it to give the painting shape and form because his work reflects, more his feelings at any one time rather than a direct representation of the landscape or object.
"I like to think I paint with an instinctive love of colour that permeates through my paintings.”
Exhibiting regularly since 2003 his work can be found in private collections in the UK, Brazil and France
One man exhibition
L'Espace Culturel du centre commercial Leclerc
January 6th to February 2nd 2014
16 ÈMES RENCONTRES D'ARTISTES
April 19th, 20th and 21st 2014
The exhibition held in the beautiful French city of Montmorillon, the city of writers and the book trade (Cité de l'Écrit et métiers du livre)