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ADVANCING THE ARTS ACROSS MARYLAND

JOHN BODKIN

JOHN BODKIN

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Artist Work

Kyoto Snack
2014
Oil on canvas
58x68
Minotaur Dust
2014
oil/canvas
78x68
Urban sheet
2013
oil/canvas
36x48
Replay
2013
oil/canvas
58x68
Start
2014
oil/canvas
68x81
Secrets
2014
oil/canvas
68x80

Artist Information

County
Anne Arundel County
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
2013

Artist Statement

My work is like a river I guess. It flows along in a general direction but has many pools and eddy's that are like the many explorations that I take . I feel that it is critical to explore and demand the most out of each work to stimulate growth. This to me is primary to my role as an artist. This exploration is done with a demand of ones self of quality of work. You have a voice, a monitor in your artists eye that demands quality. I use a lot of different media in my work and mix their use freely. On a typical drawing I might use graphite,magic marker, spray paint, pastel and even coffee. I muse whatever is at hand and like the juxtaposition of different materials. I use a lot of different elements in my work. While the appearance is abstract I might use out of context images or patterns to denote space. I like changing color fields and find that constant exploration makes the work very challenging and entertaining to me. I am thrilled when someone really "gets" my work. I don't participate in a lot of shows and most of my work gets sold when someone visits my studio. It has always been that way. I have been working for nearly fifty years so my studio is kind of packed with work. I like working every day. It centers me and I feel complete.

Artist Bio

I teach and lecture and work every day. I am very lucky to be able to do what I love. I am in more than 160 private collections and corporate collections and in a few state museums and institutions. I am not currently in any major museums but have hopes that this will happen. American Contemporary Gallery, Annapolis 2008-9 Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA 1981 instructor MFA University of Tulsa 1973 Alexander Hogue Gallery Director 1972 Teaching Assistant 1972-73 taught painting, drawing, printmaking Cameron State College 1971 Instructor -painting BFA Ringling School of Art 1968