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JOHN VILES

JOHN VILES

Artist Work

Specter
2014
Oil on Canvas
36 x 36 x 2"
Vague
2014
Oil and Sand on Canvas
36 x 36 x 2 "
Disturbance
2014
Oil on Canvas
24 x 24 x 2 "
Expectation
2014
Oil on Canvas
36 x 36 x 2 "
Absence
2013
Oil on Canvas
36 x 36 x 2 "
Cut Turquoise
2014
Oil on Canvas
3 x 3 x 1.5 "

Artist Information

County
Baltimore City
Phone
410 243 9583
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

MSAC Individual Artist Award (IAA)
Prior to 2012

Artist Statement

The paintings and my approach to painting have recently reflected the idea of non-objectivity. Non-objective is defined by Webster as “Representing or intended to represent no natural or actual object, figure or scene”. This realization prompted me to read, among other related writings, The Non-Objective World: the Manifesto of Suprematism by Kazimir Malevich. Malevich proposed that when art is not trying to resemble the natural world of objects and things it gets closer to pure creativity. Art leaves the realm of conscious objectivity and reflects subconscious activity. Art then becomes non-objective and is built purely out of creative feeling and the expression of it. My non-objective search has led me to a void or specter. The heavily textured, deep rich hues that dominate the center of each of the canvases read as ambiguous voids. It was Kazimir Malevich that said “This was no ‘empty square’ which I had exhibited but rather the sensation of non-objectivity

Artist Bio

Mr. Viles is focused on luscious color, provocative designs and communication through abstraction. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute and his MFA from the Cranbrook Academy of Art. He was also selected to attend the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Mr. Viles has participated in over forty exhibitions in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid-Western regions of the United States as well as abroad. His artwork is included in the permanent collections of the Ethniki Pinakothiki Museum, Greece, the University of Maryland, University College and in private collections in the U.S., Gifu, Japan, and Athens, Greece.