John began drawing at an early age. When he was 8 years
old, his parents put him in a weekend drawing class at the
Chicago Art Institute. He attended the University of Illinois
and UCLA, then settled in Los Angeles, where he became a
well-known graphic designer, creating CD packaging, logos
and tour books for some of the world's most successful
recording artists. His clients have included Madonna, Elton
John, Enrique Iglesias, Shakira, Josh Groban, Paula Abdul,
Sheena Easton, Janet and Michael Jackson, Steve Winwood,
Wynonna, Mariah Carey and Barbra Streisand.
In 1988, during visits to the Louvre, the Musée Picasso and
the Musée d'Orsay, John became inspired by Picasso's
work. He began sketching and painting, refining a Modern
Primitivism style based in part on Picasso's studies of tribal
forms. Following a successful career in the music business,
he segued from graphic design into fine art in 2007.
His first show in 2008 at the Deborah Page Gallery in Santa
Monica, California was one of the gallery's most successful
exhibitions. His paintings and drawings are owned by an
expanding list of collectors including Glenn Frey (The Eagles),
Richard Weisman (Picasso To Pop - The Richard Weisman
Collection) and Michelle Rosenfeld (The Rosenfeld Gallery).
The blending of tribal and contemporary styles is referred to
as Modern Primitivism or Modernist Primitivism - a movement
linking the potential of human creativity in modern and
primitive societies. This synthesis of primitive icons and
contemporary forms is present in John's work, which he calls
The New Mythology.