East coast artist John Joseph Hanright brings a combination of vintage and contemporary ideas together to form paintings with a story, history and presence.
John was always an artist growing up. Constantly drawing and creating with his parents urging. Residing in Laguna Beach CA after high school, John was exposed to California Contemporary Art and alternate methods of painting and assemblage. John lived in Thailand for a short while and this ultimately brought even further ideas of concept and the importance of ''Text'' within his works. Both of these terms in his creative life would prove pivotal in the development of his work.
Working with wax and abstract assemblage in college led to breakthroughs within his paintings. John used mixed media to his strength and developed a more complex meaning within his work. Ever searching for vintage magazines and imagery, John uses; 40's, 50's and early 60's periodicals like ''Life'', ''Saturday Evening Post'', ''Look'', vintage travel magazines, movie posters and produce advertisements.
John describes his work presently as: ''My work is thought provoking, sometimes sexy and inspired by experience and visuals lost and found. This mixing of imagery and symbols in paint and/or mixed media combine to form pieces with a twist and discovery. The art can be a combination of conceptual art, American Art, pop culture and derived from life in the 50's to present day. I present bold imagery with subtleties and simplicity to contradict and poke fun of. My engagement in my work is with thought, energy and impulsive risks.''
John has shown nationally, with select solo and group shows including; Studio E Gallery, LA Art Fair, Laguna Art Group, Melanoma Foundation, Liberty Hotel, Montserrat College of Art Permanent Collection. Johns work can be found in private collections in; Belgium, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Florida, Boston and throughout New England and the East Coast.
John holds a degree in Painting and Fine Art from Montserrat College of Art in Beverly MA. Currently residing in Boston MA