John McLaughlin (Artist)
Abstract Art – Subconscious, or spirit, along with more deliberate thought out mark making.

I was born in Detroit Michigan in 1954. I am a completely self taught artist and have been creating and drawing all my life. I have displayed my work in many juried shows and galleries around the country. My first solo show was in Canton Michigan in 1983. I have received many awards and my work is in many prominent art collections around the world.

My working method combines my subconscious, or spirit, along with more deliberate thought out mark making. In a childlike manner, my scribbles and lines are made. In a more conscious manner, representational drawings are made, showing both man made and natural forms. My drawings and paintings are a manifestation of a life long observation of the world around me filtered through my emotions. I believe the viewer should interpret my work any way they like. What it means to me may be different for them. To me this is the intrigue of abstract art.

 

Most of my work begins with an ivory colored background, on either paper or canvas. I then layer on drawings and paint over a period of time using crayons, graphite pencil, colored pencils, oil and acrylic paint along with pasted on paper cut outs.

McLaughlin is not connected to the world of high art rather he is on the periphery. He has developed his style of art over a period of decades, observing the things that surround him in his semi-rural environment: Most of my work is derived from nature with the human interaction, filtered through my imagination. His artwork, then, directly reflects the suburban in-between life, with the detritus of human activity mingled with the natural world. This interaction is sensed He says that his pieces have a definite meaning for him, but also that the meaning may be something entirely different for someone else.

 

McLaughlin art is sincere, dedicated, and unpretentious. It has evolved through continual practice over the past several decades, and offers an unending supply of images for us to contemplate and discuss. What more could one ask from art?

Gallery Exhibitions and Awards:
2010: Canton Township Administration Building Canton Mi. | solo show
Design on a Dime showcase Metropolitan Pavillion New York
S.C.R.E.A.M.iNC. Gallery
Washington Adventist University Takoma Park Md. | solo show
Michigan Fine Art Competition Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center
Busacca Art Gallery San Francisco Ca.
Zatista Art Gallery
Margarita e-artdrops Art Gallery Spain
UGallery on-line
pFAn Gallery Professional Fine Art Network
Whopple.blogspot.com artist interview

2009: Barristers Gallery New Orleans folk magic exhibition
Michigan Fine Art Exhibition BBAC 2 works chosen
140hours Art Auction on Twitter
Canton Fine Art Exhibition collage Archaeology | merit award
USpace Gallery Atlanta Ga. the violence of music exhibit
Our Town Art Exhibit The Community House Birmingham Mi.
Desaart– Alexander Krivtsov artist /musician Los Angeles Ca.
Tracey Contemporary Drawing London England
Art Nouveau Magazine artist interview Nov. 10th
Blue Canvas Magazine on-line gallery
2008: Our Town Art Exhibition The Community House Birmingham Mi.
Aron Whiton Fine Art Gallery Houston Tx.
Main Street Gallery Groton N.Y. national small works painting
Birmingham Bloomfield Holiday Art Show BBAC
Our Town Art Exhibit The Community House Birmingham Mi.
Lawrence Street Gallery Ferndale Mi.
Maddalena Design Studio Detroit Mi.

 

2006: Our Town Art Exhibit The Community House Birmingham Mi.
2005: Canton Fine Art Exhibition Canton Mi. | honorable mention
Our Town Art Exhibit The Community House Birmingham Mi. | juror award prize
2004: Northville Art Show Northville Mi.
Wayne County Council for the Arts
The Village Theater Canton Mi.
Kerrytown Concert House Ann Arbor Mi. | solo show
2003: Northville Art Show Northville Mi. | award of excellence
Canton Fine Art Exhibition Canton Mi. | merit award
Summit on the Park Canton Mi.
2002: Northville Art Show Northville Mi. | merit award
2001: Northville Art Show Northville Mi. | award of excellence
Canton Fine Art Exhibition Canton MI.

 

2000: Quick Silver Gallery Plymouth Mi. | solo show
Canton Fine Art Exhibition Canton Mi.
Northville Art Show Northville Mi.
1999: Northville Art Show Northville mi.
1998: Livonia Arts Festival Livonia Mi.
Canton Fine arts Exhibit Canton Mi.
Northville Art Show Northville Mi.
1997: Canton Fine Art Exhibit Canton Mi.
Northville Art Show Northville Mi.
1996: Northville Art Exhibit Northville Mi.
Canton Fine Art Exhibit Canton Mi.
1995: Northville Art Exhibit Northville mi.
1994: Canton Fine Art Exhibit Canton Mi.
Northville Art Exhibit Northville Mi.
1993: Canton Public Library Canton Mi. | solo show
Plymouth Community Arts Council Plymouth Mi.
Canton Fine Art Exhibit Canton Mi.
1992: Cranbrook College Art Show (photography) | won 1st place
1991: Cranbrook College Art Show Bloomfield Hills Mi.
1990: Scarab Club Gallery Detroit Mi. | honorable mention
Cranbrook College Art Show Bloomfield Hills Mi. | won 1st place
1989: Washigton Street Gallery Royal Oak Mi.
1988: Canton Public Library Canton Mi. | solo show
Brad Haas Washington Adventist University Takoma Park Md.

John McLaughlin (Artist) –
Canton Michigan
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3 thoughts on “Abstract Art of the Deliberate & Subconscious by John McLaughlin

  1. abstract art have share some of its unique beauty when it comes to art. i like abstract art because it is mysterious “~,

  2. John Mc Laughlin belongs to this world, as his love for nature proves it to us, yet he is out of this world as a painter. I like to compare him to “the Little Prince” of the French writer and pilot A. de St Exupery,coming from another planet and discovering the goods and the wrongs on planet Earth. John’s art is so refreshing because he has a childlike approach to creativity, a good balance between scribbles, is a keen observer of nature and people as shown in his refined lines or shapes,or splendid and wild colors, and is also both serious and witty. He has a big ego as an artist ( totally justified ) yet a humble attitude towards life. Yeap, John is talented. May the muses be with him til the end of his career !

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