John Brendan Guinan is an interdisciplinary artist based in Brooklyn, NY. His art practice is influenced by his upbringing in the Catholic Worker tradition emphasizing pacifism, personalism, and Anarchism - along with his work in community building. Guinan's practice includes collage, assemblage, textile, and readymade sculpture. His work examines concepts related to class, shelter, displacement, and the sacred through the reframing of found objects and materials. Threaded throughout his work are subversive references to venerated objects and icons and the merging of high and low-brow materials - sleeping bags, bungee cords, tents, priest chasubles, crosses, prayer cards, ratchet straps, tarp, waxed cotton, gaberdine, pima cotton, and leather among others.
In addition to his art practice, Guinan has worked in peacebuilding and youth development for 10+ years both internationally and domestically in Northern Ireland, Chile, the Dominican Republic, DC and New York. He was born at home in the Logan Circle neighborhood of inner city Washington, DC above the homeless shelter and soup kitchen; founded and run by his parents. His father, a former Catholic Priest and well known activist and author, J. Edward Guinan (Dec. 2015) was a stalwart in the social justice movement and founder of Community for Creative Non-Violence. Guinan has participated in both solo and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., Richmond, and Miami. He was the subject of 'Why I Paint', a documentary produced by Academy Award winning Fine Films in 2018.