St John Colón Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement My work primarily deals with the physical presence of mankind on earth and the resulting impressions which remains both within the psyche of others and upon the earth itself. These impressions typically manifest as scars that result from violence, greed and loathing which is ever present within human society. My work is rendered in a surreal representation that includes natural landscape, objects, architectural details and figures of both mundane and historical relevance. Synchronicity of time is largely ignored in order to portray spans of time that transcend generations. This timelessness underscores the pervasive nature of humanity's flaws. While perhaps colorless and dire, my works are not depictions of despair, but rather allegories of mankind's eternal voyage. For the struggle to find peace, happiness and purpose in life is and shall always be an ongoing journey in which we will never really arrive at our goal, but in which we will find many meaningful moments of bliss along the way.
I completed my Master's Degree in Fine Arts from UCLA in 1995, concentrating in the discipline of printmaking. I studied with Printmaking Masters B.G. Muhn, Toby Michel, Ann-Marie Karlsen and Jeff Wasserman. My early work involved a great deal of experimentation with aqua-tinting and the use of stencils in my etchings. Ultimately, with the advent of computer technology, computer assisted imaging became more vital in the role of creating my work.