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 John W. Bellinger  (1941 - )

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Lived/Active: California      Known for: landscape painting

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Biography from World Art Gallery:
American landscape artist John W. Bellinger was born in California in 1941.  He grew up in Orange County and has witnessed vast changes in the grand California landscape.  His beautiful and ethereal paintings are a legacy for future generations of art collectors and naturalists.

John's passion is painting en plein air; creating harmonious landscapes that touch the heart.  His images invoke a sense of being there.  One can almost feel the freshness in the air, the warm sunlit spaces and the coolness of the shade.

California is a land of immense beauty, where tall elegant trees, and lush shrubbery sidle up against open meadows, where the russet colors of the earth are softened with green tufts and wildflowers.  It is clear why John returns to his native land again and again in his paintings.  John also loves painting on location in the Arizona desert near Tucson, Scottsdale, and Sedona where there are still open spaces and a blaze of colors and textures.

When not painting in the West, John travels to distant lands for inspiration.  His well rounded portfolio of landscape images includes Tuscany.  These are not the run of the mill trite images that one sees so much of these days, but rather Tuscan landscapes that are mature and sophisticated - quality paintings.  The muted colors and softness of the sunlight in John's Tuscany paintings invite the viewer in for a closer look, and then quietly holds onto the viewer's attention.

In John's paintings of the East Coast we enter yet another experience, the settled areas of the rural countryside.  Cows graze under enormous umbrella-like trees, and small roads wind through the quiet land taking us with them.  We long to be there, to take a walk, feel the earth under our feet, and smell the musky scents of the countryside.  Take a look around at the weathered pines and mighty oaks which have been here longer than we have and which will remain long after we are gone; we are blessed to see such goodness in art, and we feel the full measure of it.

John's style of painting has great depth and color, undulating hillsides travel off into the far horizons taking the viewer on a visual and spiritual journey.  Using oil on fine linen he offers us nature's finest and most sincere landscapes. The peaceful settings of his paintings create a welcome calming effect to every space they inhabit.  John only uses the three primary colors, and occasionally viridian green, so his paintings have a natural color harmony.

BSc  Humboldt State University, California
MSc  Louisiana State University, Louisiana

Art Education:
Studied under Barbara Gough Nuss,
Nuss Fine Arts, Maryland  (1993-1996)
Intensive Oil Painting Plein Air Landscape Workshops:
Insalaco/Vinson - September 2004, San Gimignano, Tuscany Italy
Scott Christensen (10-day intensive) May 2004, Wyoming
Skip Whitcomb - March 2004, Arizona
Wm. Scott Jennings - May 2000, Arizona
Ray Roberts - February 2000, Arizona
Ralph Oberg - December 1999, Arizona
Albert Handell - August 1999, Maryland
Matt Smith - May 1999, Texas
Barbara Gough Nuss - August 1998, Pennsylvania
Kevin Macpherson - Sept. 1997, New York; Sept. 1998, Virginia
Morgan Samuel Price - May 1996, New Mexico

Juried Memberships:
Landscape Artists International
Washington Society of Landscape Painters, Washington, D.C. (President 2003-2005)
Oil Painters of America
Allied Artists of America (elected full member)
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters          

World Art Gallery, Ladera Ranch, California 2007
Sheppard Art Gallery, Ellicott City, Maryland 2005, 2006
Oil Painters of America 16th Annual National Exhibition, Fredericksburg, Texas 2007
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, 3rd National Exhibition, Texas Art Gallery, Dallas, Texas 2007
Allied Artists of America 93rd Annual National Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York City, New York 2006
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters, 2nd National Exhibition, Elkhorn Gallery, Winter Park, Colorado 2006
National Academy of Professional Plein Air Painters 1st National Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York 2005
Oil Painters of America 14th Annual National Exhibition, Chicago, Illinois 2005
Allied Artists of America 91st Annual National Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York City, New York 2004
6th Annual La Quinta Desert Plein Air Invitational Competition and Show, Palm Desert, California 2004
5th Annual La Quinta Desert Plein Air Competition and Show, Palm Desert, California 2003
Allied Artists of America 89th Annual National Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York City, New York 2002
Audubon Artists 57th Annual National Art Exhibition, Salmagundi Club, New York City, New York 1999
Allied Artists of America 86th Annual National Art Exhibition, National Arts Club, New York City, New York 1999

Artist's Statement:

I am a representational landscape painter, painting in oils in a "painterly" style.  I prefer to paint on location (en plein-air), where all the "answers" are in front of me and the adrenalin and excitement can carry over into the painting.  I know I only have two or three hours at most to capture the scene.  Consequently, paintings done on location are usually smaller than studio works.  I prefer to paint in more rural settings, where nature is still relatively untouched.  I also enjoy painting in the studio from small field studies done on location.  I use a very limited palette - just the three primaries and sometimes veridian green (plus white, of course).  Consequently, the colors in my paintings naturally harmonize, being mixed from the same colors.  I stress composition in my paintings and look for dynamic, strong settings and lighting.

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