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John Casey

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20190308215206-hand_turkey_web
Hand Turkey, 2018 Pencil And Colored Pencil On Paper 14" X 11" © John Casey
20190308215205-brussels_sprout
Brussels Sprout, 2019 Pencil And Colored Pencil On Paper 14" X 11" © John Casey
20190308215212-sunny_web
Sunny, 2019 Pencil And Colored Pencil On Paper 10" X 8" © John Casey
20190308215205-ghosted_web
Ghosted, 2018 Pencil On Paper 17" X 14" © John Casey
20190308215202-bok-bok_web
Bok-bok, 2019 Pencil And Colored Pencil On Paper 17" X 14" © John Casey
20190308215209-reina_de_sue_ter_web
Reina de Suè€ter, 2019 Pencil And Colored Pencil On Paper 14" X 11" © John Casey
20190308215207-i_remember_web
I Remember, 2018 Pencil & Colored Pencil On Paper 14" X 11" © John Casey
20190308215209-pareidolia_goggles_web
Sunny, 2019 Pencil & Colored Pencil On Paper 10" X 8" © John Casey
20190308215202-baby_boy_web
Baby Boy, 2019 Pencil & Colored Pencil On Paper 14" X 11" © John Casey
20190308215207-mr_magic_web
Mr. Magic, 2018 Pencil & Colored Pencil On Paper 14" X 11" © John Casey
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© Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Polaris
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Salem, MA
Birth year
1964
Lives in
Oakland, CA
Works in
Oakland, CA
Schools
Massachusetts College of Art, 1988, BFA
Representing galleries
Galerie Polaris
Tags
mixed-media, surrealism, figurative, sculpture
Statement

Statement


For the past 20 years or so, I have been exploring open-ended narratives in my work. Using mostly a portrait format, I tap into my subconscious and psychological brain space, to conjure loose metaphors and symbols, and weave them into compelling characters. Some of these beings represent a kind of psychological self-portrait. Others represent people I have encountered throughout my lifetime, friends, neighbors, and generally everyday folks. Often these characters are amalgamations. These beings are not specific portraits, more like the impression of various people. The character’s life-story is left open to interpretation, inviting the viewer into the story-telling process. The results are what appear to be damaged or vulnerable beings, but a second look reveals complex and sensitive spirits, more like enthusiastic upstarts, rather than rejects or troublemakers.

Bio


I was born on Friday the 13th in 1964 in Salem, Massachusetts, where 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 an obsession with the figure. The figures in these drawings show not only the distorted perceptions of a child, but a fascination with skulls, teeth, spirographic eyes, and invented body parts. This obsession with strange creatures continued throughout my youth. Monster models, war dioramas, dinosaurs, and horror movies on the T.V. [this included “Creature Double Feature” on Saturday afternoons, of course] occupied much of my time. I graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1988 with a BFA in Painting. I currently live in Oakland, California with my lovely wife Mary and our cat Phineas.

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