The VoiceCatcher Art Gallery
Curated by April Bullard
This series of articles showcases the work of VoiceCatcher6 artists. Each artist shares her work, her sources of inspiration, the “why and how” of what she does and a challenge to use her work as a springboard for your own. We hope this series will prompt a lively dialogue between and among authors and artists that will expand creative possibilities for everyone.
About the artist
Anne John’s artistic roots began in Bellevue, Washington, where she had the unique opportunity to study with William Cummings and Liesal Salzer, two artists who directly influenced her love of the painted figure. Anne attended Washington State University, then moved to Vancouver where she continued her education at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) and the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts. Between 1995 and 2002 Anne worked strictly in ceramics and sculpture before returning to painting full time.
Anne has been active within the art community as an instructor, jurist and participating member of the Arts of Clark County. Her images are often featured in regional publications and news papers. Public works can be viewed at the SWW Medical Center, the Kearny Breast Care Center, the Vancouver Public Library and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.
Artistic Themes and Process
Anne employs a narrative style within a surreal framework. Her work is a commentary on contemporary issues and she often uses humor as a mode of communication. Her subjects are real people who model in thematic form. Her favorite models include her daughter, two daughters-in-law and many friends who have found their way onto her canvases.
My work emerges through the eyes of a feminist because I am, after all, a female. My ideas are drawn from contemporary events where philosophies and religion often clash. I paint directly from the human figure, mostly allegorically within a modern setting, creating a sense of psychic grounding beneath the surface.
I continue to expand an exploration into mixed media materials applied simultaneously into my painting technique. As I paint, I acknowledge the fragility and strength of life. I see the tug and pull between men and women. I recognize, unequivocally, that life is to be celebrated.
What’s next for Anne John
Anne’s work may be seen at the Angst Gallery, Vancouver; the Fountainhead Gallery in Seattle, WA; and Whitebird Gallery at Cannon Beach, OR. Her work was selected for the art fair ART BASEL in Miami in December, 2012. Her work will also be represented on an ART BASEL Poster as well as the Columbia Gorge Film Festival poster. Her solo show “Back to Nature” will open at the Fountainhead Gallery on August 2 and run through August 26.
The Artist’s Challenge
Write a short story or poem that contrasts the opposing ideas in one of Anne’s pieces; for example, “the fragility and strength of life” or the “pull between men and women.” Share your work with VoiceCatcher’s community.