John W. Wood
Collection Name: State of Utah Alice Merrill Horne Art Collection
Type: Works on Paper
Dimensions: 42 x 28
Accession ID: 2016.6
Copyright: Copyright All Years. Utah Division of Arts & Museums. All Rights Reserved.
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Gestural abstract work on white Rives BFK paper mounted on gessoed panel and sealed with cold wax and galkyd varnish. Areas of yellow in upper left corner with large vertical areas of ochre and pink on right side. The work is done with R&F Pigment sticks, oil pastel, paint sticks, and graphite.
"I find that wonderful things happen when I am able to engage completely with my art. I try to constantly remind myself to trust in the process, knowing that when I am open to an honest dialog with the emerging art, the art will lead me in the right direction.
My art is non-objective, but starts with observing the world around me. Currently the work is influenced by the human form, but often takes clues from the landscape and flora. I begin by just drawing, building up layers of graphite, crayon, oil-pastel, and enamel. As the process unfolds, the veils of line, form, and color take over and become the focus. I watch for the connections, the visual triggers that tell me to add more here and remove something there.
In the end, my work only alludes to the world symbolically. I am much more interested in the emotional and sensual qualities that emerge rather than any recognizable forms.