ABOUT

ABOUT


John Brendan Guinan's large scale mixed media paintings are comprised of swaths of color fields and non-traditional mediums like spray paint, glitter, and collaged textiles.  His oeuvre references a broad set of themes involving artifacts from the artist's childhood, religion, mysticism, poetry, and philosophy. The artist's goal is to create sublime and enveloping art that emotionally and spiritually disrupts viewers. In the words of color field artist Barnett Newman, "Instead of making cathedrals out of Christ, man, or "life," we are making [them] out of ourselves, out of our own feelings." Guinan has been called an "artist priest" and a "conduit for the transcendent". In his own words, "Artists are the agents of the heavens. Our job is to do the bidding of the immaterial". Guinan has exhibited in solos and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Miami at Art Basel. His work has been auctioned off at Sotheby's in New York. Academy Award Winning Fine Films Company is currently shooting a documentary on his story and art career.  


American, b. 1981, Washington, D.C. 


ARTIST STATEMENT


Prior to my birth, as a young Catholic priest, my father was stabbed eleven times by a homeless man at the shelter he ran.  Within a week he was back at work.  The ethos of reckless abandon for one's vocation in many ways translates to my artistic practice.  My conviction that art can invoke healing and epiphany, is surely a product of being my father's son. Channeling faded childhood memories through excavating and reimagining artifacts from my past and grappling with my faith and connection to the greater universe are core components of my intuitive process. My goal is to spiritually disrupt viewers through scale, color, and the intimacy of materials that harken back to the innocence of youth. "As an artist, I have a great privilege - in that I've been afforded the time to investigate my own spirituality.  Through becoming intimate with myself and expressing this intimacy onto canvas -  I hope that my art can serve as mirror for viewers to engage with their own truths. Ideally, my work, as Jackson Pollack says - confronts you."