An introduction can be a wonderful thing. You can meet interesting people, and make new friends. You can be introduced to your new favorite foods, books, music, or artist.
I’d like to introduce you to some of my favorite artists. Some of whom I’ve been familiar with for years, and others I’ve only recently been introduced to.
John Phillip Abbott was born in 1975.
“The words in the paintings come from memories and personal experiences. For example, a painting might reference my first car, a Pontiac Fiero, or a girlfriend from high school, Kamisha. Painting words or names that I have a connection to allows me to draw from blocks of time associated with that word or name as reference in a color or pattern, for example. The choice of words comes down to personal and formal associations. The words are also ambiguous enough to suggest alternate meetings and are not bogged down, or defined, by only my experiences.
Spray paint yields an economic and direct image yet still allows for accidents, such as the bleeding that occurs under some taped edges. I’m also able to cover large areas fairly uniformly and quickly. It continues to amaze me.
Letters make direct connections to verticals, and horizontals, and in some cases diagonals, as is the case with the letter “k”, for example. The diagonals can be used to create triangles, and diamonds as well. Other shapes and lines can be layered on, and within, words in each painting, referencing the grid. Layers of all of these elements allows for figure/ground play, resulting in the melding of image and text, reading and seeing.
When I was in the fifth grade, in the mid eighties, all the cool kids had really wide, fluorescent shoelaces. I was all about those laces. I even dreamt about them. I’ve been preoccupied with those colors ever since. Fluorescent, metallic, and other highly saturated colors find their way into the studio, but from there, decisions happen very intuitively” JPA.
Other material relating to John Phillip Abbott.
Artists website: Johnphillipabbott.com
NYARTS magazine: In Conversation with John Phillip Abbott.
Studio critical: John Phillip Abbott.
Studio Break: John Phillip Abbott.
516 Arts: John Phillip Abbott.
Painters’ Table: John Phillip Abbott.