Artist of the Month

January 2017

John Irwin

Riverside, R.I.

I am primarily a self taught artist.I recently received an Associates degree in Art and would like to be a teacher.Ive been painting and drawing my whole life and showing in galleries since 2000.

TAL: How and when did you start creating art?

JI : I spent a summer at RISD in Providence when I was twelve,working in several mediums. I have been drawing for as long as I can remember.

TAL: What media and genres do you work in?

JI : I paint landscapes for the most part,but experiment with abstract work also. I work from life and memory. Lately I have been incorporating natural objects and paper into my artwork. The work is definitely becoming more and more abstract.

TAL: Who or what are your influences?

JI : The French impressionists of course, Monet, Cezanne and Degas. The American ab ex movement of the late forties and fifties is another favorite period of mine. I like the big three: Pollock, De Kooning, and Rothko. Picasso is my favorite artist. Lately I have been studying Anselm Keifer and Gerhard Richter. I'd say Keifer is my hero right now.

TAL: Describe your creative process.

JI : I never work on a blank canvas, I generally throw some paint around on several surfaces and wait for inspiration from the paint. A brushstroke,a drip, a blank space, anything can become a picture. I have subconscious imagery in my head too.

TAL: What are you working on currently?

JI : I'm working on some more trees with latex paint applied with a chunk of styrofoam. I'm incorporating twigs,dried flowers and weeds into the landscape.

TAL: What are your near/long term goals as an artist?

JI : I am trying to book solo shows in R.I. and nearby Massachusetts. I would like to be represented in New York by a reputable gallery.

TAL: Where can people view/purchase your work?

JI : I show at Dryden gallery and Studio Hop in Providence and Gallery 65 in New Bedford Mass. I am involved in a two person show at DeBlois gallery in Middletown R.I.  in May 2017. I am on Instagram as Johncirwin , Facebook, and I have a blog on tumblr: johnirwinsblog . My website is


First Snow


Winter Woods

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