John Park has become one of Los Angeles’ most recognized contemporary artists. Classically trained, he has used these fundamentals as a starting point – and then exploded convention to develop a rigorously, stylized aesthetic that is rich in layers, meaning, and skill.
Park’s artwork reflects the creation of a true artist – the incorporation of layers and mixed media give his work a raw, creative expression. His intricate layering of forms and text create a unique, abstract structure – however, each piece is a methodical evolution of complex forms and ideas.
Park received his training at the Rhode Island School of Design. He soon felt constrained by the traditional and regimented style of classical realism that he was pushed to achieve in art school. Then in 2008, Park began to “live paint” at various venues across Los Angeles including many of the C.A.V.E. Gallery’s opening receptions. The live settings allowed him to invite spontaneity into his work – and from this energy, a unique style was sparked.
Park’s distinct technique of layering marker, charcoal, and acrylic continues to evolve. His new series, titled “Guerrilla Warfare”, incorporates all of Park’ stylized traits as an artist. He continues to employ a rigorous approach to creating unique, environmental bases layered with text and architectural motifs for each piece. The figures that emerge from these settings are the expression of the artist’s surroundings.
“Guerrilla Warfare” reflects a generation whose options and opportunities are constrained by large corporations. It is a call to “arms” to the world to wake up to the fact that governmental policies are influenced by the greed corporations – whose sole interest is the further enrichment of the few, at the expense of the masses and the environment. People must not forget that they have choices to empower themselves and not continue to support the corporations that are subverting their quality of life. The need for an immediate peaceful “revolution” is at hand – achieved through conscientious action, that is not driven by greed, but an innate motivation to live an ethical life – resulting in a healthier humanity.