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John D. Gall

Artist Statement

I strive to tell stories with my art, whether indirectly as metaphors or directly as narratives. Even a still life can tell a story. My subjects may be dreamed, imagined, or experienced, as an autobiographical interpretation, but those invented from my imagination are the most precious to me. Any person, place, time, or thing can be a source for inspiration allowing freedom and diversity of subject matter. Solving the problem of staying focused is handled by working in a series, pursuing an idea until it has been explored, drained, and pushed to the limits of my interest. It is difficult to say how many different images may come from a basic "idea."

I enjoy drawing, and my primary medium of intaglio (etching) printmaking is influenced by this. I relate to the European tradition of etching, emphasizing line and technique. Many of my mentors: Rembrandt, Goya, Whistler, and Picasso all excelled as draughtsmen and etchers. The love of a strong graphic image and the craft to produce it can be clearly seen in their prints. I would like to think I am proceeding in the same direction.

The realm of imagination has brought me to my most current body of work (1995-present). Coming from a math and science background, I am fascinated by the aesthetic beauty of mathematical equations, graphs, and symbols. This has led me to the most complex equation of all: the "Human" equation. In an almost surreal way I have begun combining and incorporating the human figure with these symbols. The works are usually in an unexplained space where different scales and perspectives exist. Other noteworthy series include: "Souls" (whimsical predicaments of human souls) and "Tuscany" (interpretations from travels in Italy).

1989-92 Guilford College, Greensboro
1964-65 Miami-Dade Junior College, Miami, FL.

Art related work: Taught relief & intaglio printmaking at Guilford College

Memberships and Associations:

Southern Graphics Council
Mid-America Print Council
The Print Consortium
Center for Visual Arts (Greensboro)
Associated Artists of Winston-Salem (Exhibiting Artist)

One Person Shows:

2009 One person show, Fables and Fantasy, at Adam Cave Fine Art, Raleigh, NC. Mixed media works on paper and original prints were exhibited.

2009 One person show at the University of West Georgia, Bobick Gallery: Facts, Fables, and Fantasy-The Realm of Knowledge Seekers. Intaglio and relief prints and mixed media works on paper were exhibited. Demonstrations and a gallery talk were given in conjunction with the exhibition.

2006 One person show at UNC-Wilmington. On view at the Warick Center, the “UNCW-Presents” show includes 25 works of both intaglio hand pulled prints and mixed media works on paper. The show was entitled: “Human Equations”- Prints and drawings.

2006 One person show at the Theatre Art Galleries, High Point. Fourteen etchings and fourteen works on paper from 1996 through 2006 were exhibited.

2006 Invited to show at the Moring Art Center, Asheboro, NC. Exhibited prints and drawing in connection with sculpture artist, William Donnan.

2004 One person show held at Triad Stage, a satellite gallery of the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art. The show was entitled Human Equations- The Series. The exhibited works were intaglio prints.

2004 One person show at Waddell Art Gallery, Northern Virginia Community College, Loudoun Campus, Sterling, VA. A selection of intaglio prints from the Human Equations series created from 1994 thought 2004 wereexhibited. Work was purchased for the school’s permanent collection.

2004 One person show at the Eastern Standard Gallery, Greensboro, NC. An exhibition of 25 mixed media works on paper entitled: The Botanicals were exhibited. The series featured trees, flowers, shrubs, weeds, and other botanicals within a few hundred feet of my studio, incorporating scientific symbols.

2001 One person show at Reinhardt College, Waleska, GA. Approximately 35 intaglio prints and mixed media drawings were exhibited. A Gallery talk was given. Work was selected for the permanent collection of the college.

1997 One person show, Pressure Sensitive, Elliott University Galleries, UNCG, Greensboro, NC. Etchings from two series were exhibited.

1995 One person show, Italy and Beyond, Theatre Arts Gallery, High Point, NC. Approximately 30 intaglio prints from the Italian series and the Souls series were exhibited.

1992 One person show, Mindscapes, Elliott Center Gallery, UNC-Greensboro, Greensboro, NC. New mixed media works on paper.

Selected Recent Group Shows-Achievements-Awards:

2011 Invited to exhibit in the Sanbao International Biennial Printmaking Exhibition, Symposium, Workshop, and Tour 2011, at Sanbao Village, Jingdezhen City, China.

2011 Work selected for the 2011 Delta Small Prints Exhibition, Arkansas State University. Curated by John Caperton, The Print Center, Philadelphia, PA.

2010 Work selected for the 2010 Sixty Square Inches Biennial Print Exhibition, Purdue University Galleries. Juror: Jenny Schmid of Bikini Press International and University of Minnesota. Received Purchase and Juror Award.

2010 Invited to exhibit and also give a lecture at the Print Summit 2010, at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC. Curated by Matt Egan and Michael Ehlbeck with co-curators Bill Fick, Beth Grabowski, Rockie Toner, RL Tillamn, and Matt Rebholz.

2009 Curated a national printmaking show, The Print Fantastic, at the Theatre Art Galleries, High Point, NC. The show featured 43 of some of the finest printmakers in the United States and Canada.

2008 Invited to participate in the show Printed, a printmaking show featuring artists from North Carolina at the Green Hill Center for North Carolina Art, Greensboro, NC. The show was curated by artist/educator, Bill Fick. In conjunction with the show, a lecture of contemporary printmaking methods was given.

2008 Work selected for the 21st Parkside National Small Print Exhibition at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Juror: Karla Hackenmiller, Chair and Associate Professor, OU.

2008 Work selected for the 16th Sixty Square Inches small prints show at Purdue University.Juror: Janet Ballweg, Professor of Art, Bowling Green State University.

2008 Work selected for the Delta National Small Prints Exhibition at Arkansas State University. Juror: Marjorie Devon, Director, Tamarind Institute.

2008 Selected for the 20th University of Dallas National Print Invitational. After the University of Dallas exhibition the show will travel throughout Texas until 2010. Fifteen printmakers are selected by graduate students from the University of Dallas. This project is organized by Jurgen Strunck, Professor of Art.

2007 Invited to participate in the printmaking show, Printmatters, at the 5IVE & 4ORTY gallery, Winston-Salem, NC. Ten artists form throughout the United States were invited by curator, Kimberly Varnad