DescriptionThis painting was exhibited in the Winter 2007 American Juried Art Salon, and newspaper coverage can be seen at this address online:http://www.altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/502713.html(I know, only 3 years ago, and I looked so different then...)The original subject of Female Figure 1 was a former muse and lover of mine. This image came about as a result of some very interesting experimental sketching. When people view this painting without knowing its title or knowing in advance that it is a female torso they frequently ask, what is it? and are charmingly surprised when they discover that it is actually a female nude.As with many of my paintings, Female Figure 1 features a female form with a strong, Fauvist use of bold color. Stylization, allure, composition, and design are a major part of my paintings. Major influences on my work include Andre Derain, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Tom Wesselmann, Vincent Van Gogh, Ryu Young Do, Geoffrey Humphries, John Piper, John Sidman, Pablo Picasso, and Gustav Klimt. Female Figure 1 in its original is an acrylic painting on canvas 33 inches x 23.5 inches.
John Weller, Hollidaysburg, Pennsylavnia 16648, USA Member Since October 2010 Artist Statement I was raised and educated in central Pennsylvania. For 13 of the past 17 years I have been an art teacher in Virginia, Minnesota, Holland, Egypt, China, Korea, and The Philippines, with student teaching in Pennsylvania and England and some additional study in Italy. I am primarily a painter, though I also have done significant work with photography and pottery as well as traditional Asian literati painting, which I studied formally in both China and Korea. I have a recent interest in batik.
I can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, and my online portfolio and teaching portfolio are located at http://weller.keyconn.net/1 .
As a painter, major influences on my work include Andre Derain, Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse, Tom Wesselmann, Vincent Van Gogh, Ryu Young Do (especially his work from the 1990s), Geoffrey Humphries, John Piper, John Sidman, Pablo Picasso, and Gustav Klimt.