John Casey

Stymied

Shipping Info
    • Graphite and colored pencil  
    • 14 x 11 in.
    • © 2021
    • 18 x 15 in. (f) 
    • Framing included 
  • Born on Friday the 13th in 1964 in Salem, Massachusetts, I started inventing creatures as soon as I was able to hold a crayon. Drawings that my mother saved from when I was only three years old reveal my obsession with the figure. The figures in these drawings show not only the distorted perceptions of a child, but my fascination with skulls, teeth, spirographic eyes, and invented body parts. My obsession with strange creatures continued throughout my youth. Monster models, war dioramas, dinosaurs, and horror movies on television occupied much of my time as well as drawing.

    I graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1988 with a BFA in Painting. At the time I was making art that focused on surreal and psychological figurative painting and drawing. A bit later I added sculpture as part of my process, and my subjects continue to reveal a surreal bent in both structure and narrative. I have shown in galleries in Boston, Portland, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, as well as international venues in France, Germany, and Denmark. My work is included in collections at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, California, and the Artothèque de Caen in France.

    I moved to the Bay Area a number of years ago and currently live in Oakland, California with my lovely wife Mary.

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