Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 3 – 6 pm
Gallery Talk: John Mills + Molly Barnes
Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3 pm | RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Engaging in their complexity and enigmatic in their elusiveness, John Mills shows his most recent large and small scale graphite and oil paintings on canvas with Rosamund Felsen Gallery. Anxious marks, confident jots and sinewy lines intersect with cautious smudges, discrete scoring and self-aware shading to yield subtle, assertive, visual and psychological innuendos. Forms referencing figuration fade in and materialize out of misty atmospheric backgrounds, as deliberate color and implied denotations allude to portraits, landscapes or still lifes. As visual reflections on identity and consciousness, these abstract paintings illuminate how perception is shaped by the subjectivity of the mind and its fleeting memories and experiences.
John Mills is included in “GRAFFORISTS,” at Torrance Art Museum, June 18 - August 12, 2016. Born in Kent, England, he now lives and works in Los Angeles. In 1995, he received his BFA in Painting at the University of Florida and his MFA in Painting and Drawing at the California College of Arts and Crafts, San Francisco in 1999. He was honored with the Barclay Simpson Award in 1999, the Rema Hort Mann Foundation YoYoYo Grant in 2013, and most recently the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant in 2016. His one artist exhibitions in Los Angeles include: Acuna-Hansen Gallery, WEEKEND, and PØST. His group exhibitions include: Contra Costa College in San Pablo, CA; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Feature, NY; Torrance Art Museum; Claremont Graduate University; Thomas Solomon Gallery, Los Angeles; an exhibition curated by Daniel Weinberg at ACME; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles; San Francisco State University; and the Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman University, Orange, CA. Additionally, his artwork is in the J.P Morgan Chase Contemporary Art Collection. He has been represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery since 2014.