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In 2007 John Snyder returned to the Midwest after
having lived in North Carolina for 13 years. John lives just outside the
lovely small town of Decorah, located in the hills of Northeast Iowa.
His early work of portraiture and figurative painting, carving
and sculpture, was strongly influenced by a mix of 19th century American
folk painting, self-taught artists, the Hudson River School, and early
Italian fresco painting. This work culminated in an exhibit at the
Walker Art Center in 1992.
Upon leaving Minneapolis in 1994, John began in earnest to
create imagery specifically about a personal vision he called the
"Church Of The Unknown", which included porcelain slip-cast and mosaic
figures, woodcuts and wood carvings while living and working in North
Carolina from 1995 -2006. This included a 2-year residency at The
Penland School Of Crafts where he found himself drawn to the beauty of
traditional craft, in particular wood-fired pottery.
In 2003 John paid homage to a long and dear held influence,
13th c. Italian fresco painting, with an exhibit at the Weinstein
Gallery (Minneapolis) that included several large allegorical murals. My
interest in painting shifted sharply following this exhibit and I began
creating drawings, paintings and woodcuts inspired by African and
Oceanic Art, as well as Buddhist Cave Temple painting and sculpture.
After having completed in 2010 exhibits at both the North
Dakota Museum Of Art and at ArtHaus (Decorah), John finds himself once
again returning to figurative painting. In addition, he is currently
setting-up a printmaking studio at his home.
Questions? Contact Kristin Anderson, Luther Art Program, Kristin Anderson
Learn more at http://www.bockleygallery.com/artist_snyder/index.html