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 John Paul Berry  (1967 - )

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Lived/Active: Utah/Nevada      Known for: landscape painting

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
John was born and raised in the high desert town of Sparks, Nevada. His young years were spent drawing and learning about art from his schoolteacher Barbara Murdock. Mrs. Murdock instilled within John a desire to create, and make art a lifetime pursuit. It was this inspiration that led him to fulfill his dream.

In 1992 John graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Illustration. After a few years he began to realize success by securing national clients such as: Citibank, U.S. Postal Service, Prudential, Simon & Schuster.

His passion for backpacking, fishing and hiking eventually brought him back to painting the thing he knew and lovedthe outdoors. John's paintings capture the subtlety and beauty of nature, his work also often portrays environments that are void of the sign of man. Inspiration for John's paintings is drawn from his extensive travels throughout the Western United States, and his observations of nature during hiking and fishing trips.

Painters such as Maynard Dixon, The Group of Seven and Victor Higgins influence the young artist. He employs bold strokes with a palette knife and rich colors to capture the essence and mood of his subjects. His style is intended to show depth and energy, leaving the viewer with a distinct impression of the emotion John feels for his subject matter. John has said, "The Western landscape is deeply imbedded in the fiber of my being. Growing up in the West has always had an impact on the art I create. I strive to show a reverence for the land and its beauty by simplifying the shapes and forms in front of me. The West is large and slow, a lifetime of painting could only begin to touch upon its mystery and subtlety, and it is upon this premise that I make my life's work".

PERIODICALS
Salt Lake City Magazine. Oct. 2003 "10 Artists you can't afford to miss." Melissa Fields O'Brien. pg. 105

Art Talk, April 2004. Artist Worth Watching. Paul Solderberg.

EXHIBITIONS
Arts for the Parks, Top 100. 2000
Nevada Museum of Art, Best of Show, 1985
Maynard Dixon Invitational 2001-03
Dixie Invitational, 2002-04
St. George Art Museum Regional Show, 2002-03

AWARDS
American Graphic Design Award, 1997
Educational Press Association, Cover Design Award, 1996


Submitted by the artist, March 2004






Biography from MJL Fine Art:
John Paul Berry was born and raised in the high desert town of Sparks, Nevada.  His young years were spent drawing and learning about art from his schoolteacher Barbara Murdock.  Mrs. Murdock instilled within John a desire to create, and make art a lifetime pursuit. It was this inspiration that led him to fulfill his dream.

In 1992 John graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Illustration.  After a few years, he began to realize success by securing national clients such as: Citibank, U.S. Postal Service, Prudential, Simon & Schuster.

His passion for backpacking, fly-fishing and hiking eventually brought him back to painting the thing he knew and loved, the outdoors. Berry's paintings capture the subtlety and beauty of nature, his work also often portrays environments that are void of the sign of man.  Inspiration for John's paintings is drawn from his extensive travels throughout the Western United States, and his observations of nature during hiking and fishing trips.

Painters such as Maynard Dixon, The Group of Seven and Victor Higgins influence the young artist.  He employs bold strokes with a palette knife and rich colors to capture the essence and mood of his subjects.  His style is intended to show depth and energy, leaving the viewer with a distinct impression of the emotion John feels for his subject matter.  John has said, "The Western landscape is deeply imbedded in the fiber of my being.  Growing up in the West has always had an impact on the art I create. I strive to show a reverence for the land and its beauty by simplifying the shapes and forms in front of me.  The West is large and slow, a lifetime of painting could only begin to touch upon its mystery and subtlety, and it is upon this premise that I make my life's work".

Awards and Honors
2009 Award of Merit, Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art
2008 Juror's Award from "A Century of Sanctuary" awarded by Peter Hassrick
2000 Arts for the Parks Top 100
American Graphic Design Award – New York
Sierra Nevada Museum of Art – Best of Show 1985

Museum Exhibitions
2008 American Art in Miniature: Gilcrease Museum, Oklahoma
2008-09 Zion National Park: A Century of Sanctuary. St. George Art Musuem
2000-09 Springville Art Museum Salon Show, Springville, Utah
2002-06 St. George Art Museum, “The Regional”

Education

Bachelor of Fine Arts, 1992, Brigham Young University
Private study with Ralph Oberg, Matt Smith, and Scott Christensen

Books & Publications

Painters of Utah's Canyons & Deserts--2009
A Century of Sanctuary: The Art of Zion National Park--2008
Fine Art Connoisseur—April 2007
Southwest Art – August 2004
Art-Talk – April 2004
Salt Lake City Magazine – October 2003


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