In the spirit of full disclosure this post opens with the dual facts that – first, I consider artist and architect John Stantz a personal friend, and second, that he is the first artist to commit to the Galleripple concept and so is a special gallery friend as well. For those of us who enjoy his work he is also a tremendously daring art adventurer.
John’s boundless use of painted color and texture, with varying application approaches, yields visually rich abstractions that demand our thought and attention. Some of his work has an almost tranquil quality while other creations argue with their surface or engender a sense of unease in the viewer.
Reflecting his passion for the written word as well as the abstracted message, the titling of each piece serves as a hint to John’s perception of the embodied meaning in a particular piece. The work of his that I couldn’t resist named “Bourbon and Jesus” features multiple layers of darker autumnal colors in sweeps of ninety-degree brush strokes. The name efficiently binds the mystical and the earthly with the depths of the painted layers.
Not content with any one endeavor John also ranges into photography, furniture design, music, and writing when his day of architecture is done. We can’t wait to see more!