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John Judge
updated: 05/17/2013
website: www.judgeart.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Eyes I
What's Her Line?
Either Or?
He's a Car Dealer
Best Shoe Repair Etc.
Papered Over
Telescopes
Mirror Mirror
Say Cheese
Getty Views
Smile No Smile
Vantage Point
Look, Up in the Sky, It's...?
Photo Fishing
A Different Base
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, humor, narrative, political, social criticism, psychological, conceptual, cartoon, illustration, surreal
 
 
Eyes I by John Judge
Eyes I
acrylic and ink on paper
2012
0" x  0" 
What's Her Line? by John Judge
What's Her Line?
acrylic and ink on paper
2013
8.5" x  11" 
Either Or? by John Judge
Either Or?
acrylic and ink on paper
2010
10 " x  15 " 
He's a Car Dealer by John Judge
He's a Car Dealer
acrylic and ink on paper
2009
15.5 " x  20.5 " 
Best Shoe Repair Etc. by John Judge
Best Shoe Repair Etc.
acrylic on panel
2011
24" x  36" 
Papered Over by John Judge
Papered Over
acrylic and ink on paper
2011
6 14 " x  10.5 24 " 
Telescopes by John Judge
Telescopes
acrylic, ink and graphite on paper
2011
8.5" x  11" 
Mirror Mirror by John Judge
Mirror Mirror
acrylic and ink on paper
2010
11 " x  8.5 " 
Say Cheese by John Judge
Say Cheese
acrylic and ink on paper
2009
22 " x  30 " 
Getty Views by John Judge
Getty Views
acrylic and ink on paper
2009
13 " x  28.5 " 
Smile No Smile by John Judge
Smile No Smile
acrylic and ink on paper
2010
7.5 " x  11 " 
Vantage Point by John Judge
Vantage Point
acrylic, ink, and pencil on paper
2008
11 " x  15 " 
Look, Up in the Sky, It's...? by John Judge
Look, Up in the Sky, It's...?
ink, graphite, and acrylic on paper
2013
0" x  0" 
Photo Fishing by John Judge
Photo Fishing
acrylic and ink on paper mounted on panel
2009
12 " x  27 " 
A Different Base by John Judge
A Different Base
Acrylic and ink on paper
2008
10.5 " x  14 " 

Artist Statement

My artwork has been influenced by political cartoons and commercial illustration. I blend my cartoon-like style with a fine art sensibility shaped by the works of Hopper, Matisse, De Chirico, and others. I take into careful consideration composition, spatial relationships, texture, and other formal devices to support and enhance the content of my work, and to grab and maintain viewers’ attention.  I also use humor and playful color schemes to hold viewers’ interest, and to keep my paintings and drawings from seeming preachy or heavy-handed.

My recent work has focused on the production and consumption of images and spectacle, and on the role that these processes play in our society, which is overloaded with visual media. In most of these works I aim for an open-endedness that invites contemplation and multiple interpretations.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION
Master of Fine Arts in Painting, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting, School of Visual Arts, New York City
Bachelor of Arts in History, Columbia University, New York City
SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2010
"Story Lines," Artspace, New Haven, CT
2007
“Fill it in,” Boston Drawing Project/Bernard Toale Gallery, Boston
2001
“Social Insecurities,” Contemporary Art Workshop, Chicago
GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2009
"10th Anniversary, Boston Drawing Project," Carroll and Sons Gallery, Boston, MA
2008
“Reforming U.S. Immigration through Art,” Crown Center Gallery of Art, Loyola University, Chicago
"Ameri-Dreaming: Art & American Culture," Claypool-Young Art Gallery, Morehead State University, Morehead, Kentucky
2006
“Hand Harvested,” Tojo Gallery, Chicago
2004
“150 x 150 Mad Dash!” Gallery at Green Street, Boston
2001
“Winter Paper,” Catherine Moore Fine Art, New York City
2000
Chicago Artists 2000/”The Summer Show,” Gallery 312, Chicago
1998
“Sunday Afternoon,” Wiggle Room, Chicago
“All of This, None of That, and More,” Fire King Gallery, Los Angeles
1996
“Jane Benson, Megan Cump, Scott Dietrich, and John Judge” Gallery 2, Chicago
Nippon Steel Exhibition, Nippon Steel American Headquarters, Chicago
1993
“National Juried Exhibition,” Phoenix Gallery, New York City
Curator: Carlos Gutierrez-Solana
“National Juried Exhibition,” Gallery 84, New York City
Curator: Donald Kuspit
AWARDS
1998 City of Chicago Community Arts Assistance Program Grant
Nippon Steel/SAIC Art Appreciation Award
BIBLIOGRAPHY
Hank Hoffman, "What's the Big Idea? A new batch of exhibits are a breath of fresh air at Artspace," New Haven Advocate, January 27, 2010
Fred Camper, “The Summer Show, Gallery 312,” Chicago Reader, July 28, 2000
Chicago Reader, July 14, 2000