Driving America's Art Scene - Hunterdon County, NJ USA

John Spears

John Spears

Painting

‘In my work, I attempt to develop the silk screen process as a means of combining the best worlds of both painting and printing. As in a monotype the unique image comes from painting on a metal plate directly then printing only once that image. Similarly, what I create with the silk screen process is unique because I paint directly on the silk screen resulting in what I call screen paintings. The approach I use is to focus visually on the concept combining pattern and color. Pattern is a simple, single element repeated to form a coherent whole. Pattern is the basis of all composition. It is the beat in music, the threads in weaving, the bricks of a building. Pattern is evident in plants, waves, genes and snowflakes. Pattern is everywhere. It is the essential structure for all things, whether man or nature made. It is the way in which we create and learn, by repeating. It is the way we comprehend the world.’

‘In several series, I use the most basic elements of pattern: the circle, square, diamond and triangle. The results can be illusionary and organized in the pure abstract as in the Pattern series or a sense of realism as in the Skyline series. Also pattern can be random with a sense of organized chaos as described visually in the Organized Chao? series and the Nova series’. ‘Color is also a prominent factor in my work. In my paintings, colors may be opaque or transparent, hard or soft, dark or light. I find that using paints as if they were both watercolors and oils, results in a complex arrangement that is richly three dimensional. This is evident in my ‘Color Field’ series. ‘I stretch my curiosity of the medium of silk screen and to obtain results not seen before. I compose directly onto the canvas surface. Spontaneity is essential. I have discovered that the screen is as fluid and as commanding a tool as the paintbrush.’