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Lived/Active: New Hampshire/New York/New Jersey      Known for: landscape and portrait painting, murals

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Ad Code: 4
John C Traynor
from Auction House Records.
Two New England Landscapes: Mt. Mansfield, Vermont and Farm View, Probably Vermont (2)
Artwork images are copyright of the artist or assignee
This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following is from Traynor Sheehan:

John Traynors painting style is reminiscent of some 19th century painters, and sometimes the Dutch Masters. He uses what he knows about light and color to create a certain mood in each of his paintings. Creating atmosphere is also an important element in Johns paintings. Using soft and hard edges selectively, he gives a feeling that there is air with moisture and particles surrounding the objects he is painting.

John has produced works of art from 2 x 3 inch miniatures to 40 x 60 murals. He is able to use his style to paint in any size. Painting outdoors on location is a prime source of inspiration and ideas for his landscapes. Smaller paintings can be finished indoors or used as studies for larger works painted solely in his studio. Still life painting is done in his studio, and his portraits are painted on a commission basis, in his studio or the home of the person to be portrayed. The portraits are painted in any size from head and shoulders to large group portraits.

John was born October 19, 1961. He spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey. His art studies began at Delbarton School in Morristown New Jersey; from there he went to Paier College of Art in New Haven Connecticut. He studied figure painting at the Art Students League of New York, as a merit scholar, with Frank Mason, as well as landscape painting with Mr. Mason in Vermont. Mr. Traynor studied drawing with Carroll N Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont and he studied sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy.

He is a member of the Hudson Valley Art Association, The Salmagundi Club of New York, The National Society of Mural Painters, and he is a Copley Master in the Copley Society of Boston.

Mr. Traynor is the recipient of over two hundred awards of merit for his art, including the Grumbacher Gold Medal, the Robb Sagendorph award, and the Frank DuMond Memorial Award for best light and atmospheric effect in a painting. His work is enjoyed in over one thousand private and public collections in the United States and abroad, including the Passaic Country College, the Patterson Historical Museum, the Ironbound Education and Cultural Center, Connecticut Bank and Trust, the Sony Music Corporation, and McGraw Hill Publishers.

Mr. Traynor travels extensively painting the landscape around him. He has made ten painting expeditions to Ireland as well as trips to Holland, Brussels, Italy, and France.

Mr. Traynor currently resides with his family in southern New Hampshire and enjoys painting rural New England scenes.
Born: 1961 New Jersey
Education: Paier College of Art, New Haven CT
Art Students League/ Merit Scholarship
New York, NY
Atelier/ Br. Jerome Cox, sculpture
Florence, Italy
Atelier/ Carroll N Jones Jr.
Classical drawing
Stowe, Vermont
Frank Mason, plein-air painting
Stowe, Vermont June 1978-83

Noroton Gallery, Darien CT 1984-2000
Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
Copley Society, Boston, MA
Ridgewood Art Institute, Ridgewood, NJ
Hudson Valley Art Association
Chubb Insurance Group, Corporate Gallery
Attleboro Museum, Attleboro MA
Stobart Foundation, New England Painters of Today
Harvard Club, Boston MA
Kensington Stobart Gallery, Naples FL 2000
Copley Society, Patrons Choice 2001
Glastonbury Art Guild, Glastonbury, CT

Salmagundi Club, New York NY
Copley Society, Boston MA/ Copley Master
Hudson Valley Art Association
The National Society of Mural Painters, New York, NY

Grumbacher Award, Gold Medal, Silver Medal
Hudson Valley Art Association-
Frank V Dumond Award- Best Light and Atmospheric effect in a painting
Northeast Institute of Art
Art Center of New Jersey-
Sir Frank Brangwyn Award
New Jersey Center for Visual Arts
Salmagundi Club-
Frederick S. Church Award
N.C. Wyeth Award
Jane Peterson Award for Excellence
Julius Allen Award
Antonio Cireno Memorial Award
Copley Society-
Robb Sagendorph Award
First Place Oils
Franklin Mint Award for Excellence
Mystic Art Festival, Mystic CT
Brachman Award for Best Portrait 1986, 1989

Commissions and Collections
Passaic County College, Passaic NJ-Mural
Paterson Museum, Paterson NJ-Mural
Ironbound Cultural Art Center, NJ-Mural
Fleet Financial Group, Boston MA
LTD Group, NJ
Sonny Music Corporation
Chubb Insurance Group, NJ
Delbarton School, NJ
Aetna Insurance Group, CT
Berlex Laboratories, NJ
McGraw-Hill Publishers

Biography from Whistle Pik Galleries:
John C. Traynor was born on October 19, 1961. Traynor spent his early years in Chester and Mendham, New Jersey, attending Delbarton School in Morristown. He pursued formal arts training at Paier College of Art in New Haven, Connecticut, and figure painting with Frank Mason at the Art Students League of New York. Traynor continued to study landscape painting in Vermont with Mr. Mason, drawing with Carroll N. Jones Jr. of Stowe, Vermont, and sculpture for one year with Brother Jerome Cox in Florence, Italy

"Being an artist means that everything I look at is analyzed by form, color, and tone. I love the randomness and spontaneity of nature; I appreciate the structure of architecture and the beauty of good design. When I paint I am relating what I see, what I'm appreciating, regardless of whether I'm painting a landscape, a still life or a portrait. I want to share what I see with the viewer, the spontaneity, the structure and the beauty of what is all around us."

Creating atmosphere is an important element in John’s paintings. Using soft and hard edges selectively, he gives a feeling that there is air with moisture and particles surrounding the objects he is painting.

John travels extensively and enjoys painting the landscape around him. He resides with his family in Southern New Hampshire.

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