New York City — Enjoy the upbeat and modern works of artist John Grande in his solo exhibition of paintings “RetrOspective” which will be on display through October 24, 2015 on 152 West Broadway NYC, NY, 10013.
The exhibit opened with a reception on Oct 1, 2015 from 7 to 10PM.
“RetrOspective” features selected paintings by the artist spanning over the past 13 years. Since 2002, Grande has amerced himself in his studio practice creating over 360 paintings using the technique of photo realistic painting. Through out this body of work, Grande explores Culture – The history of Art and the culture of our times.
He appropriates iconic contemporary photography into one of a kind large scale oil paintings (i.e.. Cindy Sherman – Diane Arbus – Helmut Newton etc.), particularly his DOT paintings that are a response to his experience while viewing Damien Hirst’s infamous Spot paintings exhibition at the Gagosian Galleries.
His works are stimulating visual mash ups inspired by the streets of NYC, interweaving iconograph from contemporary, pop or, retro culture. He overlaps branding symbols – advertising logos – superheroes – phrases and art history and integrates them to transforming their original meanings while at the same time relying on their visual familiarity. While doing so, Grande always searches for ways to add to the vocabulary of art history.
Grande was born in1969 in Huntington Long Island. He studied at the School of Visual Arts and has exhibited in Solo and Group Shows throughout the world (New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Korea, Italy, India, Canada).
He is currently exhibiting with Jim Kempner Fine Arts in New York – DTR MODERN in Boston and, Washington DC – ArtAngels in Los Angels – Joan McGloughlin in San Francisco. (Press Release from the Z&K Contemporary Art)
For more of Grande’s works, go to www.johngrande.com