Ship of Fools | John D. Gall | Linoleum Block Print (mounted) | 22” x 16" | johngallart.com | VIEW LARGER
From John's website:
I strive to tell stories with my art, whether indirectly as metaphors or directly as narratives. Even a still life can tell a story. My subjects may be dreamed, imagined, or experienced, as an autobiographical interpretation, but those invented from my imagination are the most precious to me. Any person, place, time or thing can be a source for inspiration allowing freedom and diversity of subject matter. Solving the problem of staying focused is handled by working in series, pursuing an idea until it has been explored, drained, and pushed to the limits of my interest. It is difficult to say how many different images may come from a basic “idea.”
I admire drawing, and my primary medium is printmaking, with the majority of my prints being intaglio (etching). I relate to the European tradition of etching, emphasizing line and technique. Many of my mentors: Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler, and Picasso all excelled as draftsmen and etchers. The love of a strong graphic image and the craft to produce it can be clearly seen in their prints. I would like to think I am proceeding in the same direction. To keep myself fresh and introduce varity, I also work in other mediums in addition to printmaking, the most common of these is mixed media on paper.
The realm of imagination has brought me to my most current body of work(1995-present). Coming from a math and science background, I am fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of mathematical equations, graphs and symbols. This has led me to the most complex equation of all: the “Human equation.” In an almost surreal way I have begun combining and incorporating human figures with these symbols in a new, fabricated "world" of Knowledge Seekers. The works are usually in an unexplained space where different scales and perspectives exist. The symbols represent metaphors for various conditions of knowledge and depict ways these Knowledge Seekers “use” their knowledge. This direction in my art has expanded to include not only the “Human” equation, but also botanical and biological subjects, and most always include symbols and some sort of scientific data. Other noteworthy series include: “Souls” (whimsical predicaments of human souls) and “Tuscany” (interpretations from travels in Italy).
I invite your comments and questions regarding my work, including those about my methods and techniques used.
— John D. Gall.
Learn more about John and his work at www.johngallart.com.