It’s Day 164 and I enjoyed going back to some lyrical abstraction today. I’ve been a little down in the dumps since therapy…well, since a lot of things and today’s painting was a nice little break. Also, the deer are destroying my backyard! Eating my tomatoes and pooping everywhere. Gotta keep those suckas out! Join me in honoring John Seery today. There wasn’t much on wikipedia so I found some other info to add to it.
John Seery (born 1941) is an American artist who is associated with the lyrical abstraction movement. He was born inMaspeth, New York, was raised in Flushing, Queens and as a teen, moved to Cincinnati, Ohio.
He studied at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio from 1959 to 1963 then continued his studies at
the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Ohio State University in Columbus. He moved back to New York City in 1964 and remained there until 1978, when he moved toPlymouth, Massachusetts. He was on the faculty of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston and was a visiting lecturer at Harvard University during the 1980s. In 1990, he moved to Hawaii, where he lived and worked until 2003. He currently lives in Florida.
The Brooklyn Museum (New York City), the Honolulu Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Australia, the Rhode Island School of Design-Museum of Art (Providence, Rhode Island), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York City), and the Toledo Museum of Art (Toledo, Ohio) are among the public collections holding work by John Seery. This artist should not be confused with the wildlife artist John Seerey-Lester.
Two years ago, long before opening my Camden Drive gallery space in Beverly Hills, I became acquainted and enamored with artist John Seery’s work of the early 1970s-but it’s Seery’s most recent work that has had me courting the artist ever since. The only other artist that has had the same powerful effect on me is Rothko.
Seery is an oft-cited prime example of the Lyrical Abstraction movement in New York and Los Angeles-a
movement that encompassed work by artists such as Brice Marden, David Reed, and Larry Poons in the late 60s and 70s, also has been applied at times to the work of Arshile Gorky, Richard Diebenkorn and Robert Motherwell, and by definition could feasibly extend to the work of many abstract artists to this day. It’s a painterly, emotional and decidedly non Hard-edge type of abstraction. It’s Seery’s sumptuous forays into this style that first caught my eye.
When I finally made contact with Seery however, I got much more than I originally bargained for: this was not just an artist who had helped define an art movement forty years prior-this was an artist experiencing his next major artistic breakthrough. Seery’s new, emotionally charged canvases are massive, color saturated
works that achieve their own balance of harmony. Seery works both outdoors and indoors using his own hands, sticks and brushes, applying removing and sometimes even disintegrating layers of paint to achieve what he considers a complete work.
I really enjoyed creating today’s piece today. Lyrical Abstraction is such a relaxing
movement that I’ve been exploring and learning more about. I’m not sure if I completely captured his style. It’s always hard to know with abstract art! But I tried and if I failed…I hope I did it graciously. I hope you enjoy today’s painting and I’ll see you tomorrow on Day 165! Then there’s only 200 to go! Whew and Phew. Best, Linda