As a baby boomer born in the ’60s, I always had great appreciation for the color and vibrancy of the artwork from the mid-century period.  As a collector of art, I’ve spent years searching for high quality, inspired pieces from that era.  While I have found many great examples of mid-century art, I felt the need to work with what was great from the past, but to add my own modern interpretation.  I could imagine the great designers of that era — Mies Van der Rhoe, Knoll, Saarinen, Eames — pairing their classic furnishings with these paintings.  They have, however, a universal appeal and work well with many styles, including traditional.

Chicago has been my home now for 30 years.  I love this city, and find a lot of inspiration in its great architecture and in scenes along the lakefront.  I’ve worked with many mediums through the years, beginning with architectural renderings as early as the age of 5.  I have studied art and art history for many years, including a period of time living in Rome as a student.  To be surrounded by some of the world’s greatest art certainly had a profound impact on me.  More recently, my style has evolved into creating something unique.  My work focuses on the abstract, color, texture and technique.

I studied art in Rome for a period in my early 20’s being exposed to the great European masters and learning their various techniques when applying paint, color and texture. Italians have always been known for their amazing sense of design and style. The modernist Italian perspective is one of my strongest influences.

However, my greatest passion for the arts revolves around American design. I have spent time studying in Southern California, the part of our country that really exploded during the middle of the 20th century. The art, architecture and textiles designed there have been a focus of my studies and inspiration for much of my work.

Please feel free to contact me to preview existing work or discuss a custom commissioned piece:

(e) johnmp135@yahoo.com
(p) 847-651-1983

Upcoming show at The Edge Gallery, Chicago.

Currently shown at The Blackbird Gallery, Chicago; The White Attic, Chicago; Swank Interiors, Palm Springs, CA; 20 First, Palm Springs, CA; Park Schreck Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Previously shown at The Leigh Gallery, Chicago; Collin Fisher Studios, Palm Springs, CA; Modlife, Chicago. Featured artist for the Human Rights Campaign Gala, Fall 2010.

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