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Lived/Active: Ontario / Canada      Known for: rural landscape, architecture

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
Artist's comments:

On Mrs. Howland's Dream, the image on the AskART Summary Page

Ida Marie Dieckmann was born in 1888 in a small four or five room house on the land depicted in this painting which is located outside Giltner, Nebraska.

When Ida married Franklin Howland, she continued to live on this farm, labouring beside her husband and harbouring a dream that one day they would live in a big house.

In 1949, Mr. Howland arranged to have the house you see in the painting trucked across Nebraska and Mrs. Howland's dream was realized.

The Howland's continued to farm this land for over 50 years, eventually selling it to a corporate farming organization in the early 70's.

When I saw this fading piece of mid western history, the house had been uninhabited for a number of years. And although vandals had long ago stripped it of its stained glass widows, moldings and everything else of value, it still retained some semblance of its former charm.

In 1999, Mrs. Howland's house was intentionally burned to the ground by its present owners and I now realize that my photographs and paintings are probably the last record of it.
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On Country & Midwestern exhibition of 2001

"Every time Cathy and I go out to the country, we're aware of more changes.  A subdivision springing up of one of our favorite pieces of scenery.  Water and precious lands destroyed by unbridled development.  Family farmers struggling against the forces of huge corporations.  And people moving off the land because they can't make a living.

In this exhibition, primarily focused on Southern Ontario and the U.S. Midwest, I wanted to explore the impact of these modern forces on our landscapes and depict a countryside and way of life that is quickly disappearing.

Country & Midwestern is dedicated to Jim Loeb whose land has provided the inspiration for so many of my paintings.  And to my father-in-law, Neil Ruebsamen, who introduced me to Nebraska and drove me around so tirelessly so that I could capture its wondrous landscapes in my paintings.

PUBLICATIONS:

The Artist's Magazine, July 2003 - feature article on John Molnar and his work in casein by Managing Editor, Joanne Moore. (Color)

American Artist 2002 October, "Versatile Casein" by Doherty, M. Stephen

International Artist Magazine, June/July 2000 "What is Casein" by John Molnar

International Artist Magazine
, "Master Painters of World - Canada Showcase," August/September 1998 and February/March 2000 (Color)


This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following was submitted by Cathy Bennett, wife of the artist:

John Molnar was born in Welland, Ontario, Canada in 1960 and had an early interest in art.  He studied at the Ontario College of Art and Design and was greatly influenced by James Hill, a highly respected Canadian artist who was sought worldwide for his painterly illustrations.  After graduation, Molnar worked as a story board artist and illustrator before turning to painting full time in the late 80's.

Known for his lush, finely detailed landscapes and realistic depictions of old and singular architecture, Molnar has gained recognition for his paintings in both oil and casein, and some persons consider him a "master" of the latter media.

The theme that seems to run through most of Molnar's work is the passage of time.  His paintings often capture endangered landscapes and architectural structures endangered by development, and they explore the impact that modern forces have had on the North American way of life.

Molnar resides in Toronto with his wife Cathy and is an elected member of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Federation of Canadian Artists.


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