Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Art League School Instructor John Blee Opens an Exhibit in Paris!

If someone were able to identify what set painter John Blee apart, it would likely be his vast accomplishments. Having studied under art legends Robert Motherwell and Robert Moskowitz, Blee went on to be featured nationally and internationally in countless solo shows and now has pieces in the permanent collection at the MOMA. He writes an art column in The Georgetowner and teaches painting here at The Art League.

Yet if you ask Blee himself, he finds "color, color, color" to be the distinguishing factor in his art. His international upbringing has lent itself to a highly diverse paint palette and a whimsical sense of play; appropriate, since he began his career in his teens. 

"I decided to become a painter at fourteen," he says. "I was living in India and that experience has entered my work. My high school art teachers were very important, as they were real artists and not only encouraged me, but also had the wisdom of their experience as artists." 

He carried those lessons into college, where he studied at MICA and later at Hunter College in NYC with Helen Frankenthaler. He claims that the unconscious is his most frequent subject in paintings, displaying a haziness that all of mankind can recognize. "I think that there is the whole range of experience and the depth of dreaming," he says. 

Some of his newer works will be on display in the show Nocturne Rive Droite, June 8 through July 8, 2011 at Jane Roberts Fine Arts in Paris, France. Visit www.johnblee.com for more information on his work, projects or upcoming shows. 

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