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Gary John
High Voltage Direct Current

2021

About the Item

Los Angeles street artist Gary John exploded onto the international art scene first during Art Basel Miami in 2013. John’s playfully bold work quickly gained attention and he was named one of 20 standout artists at the 2014 NY Affordable Art Fair. His works have been exhibited at Artspace Warehouse since 2013. His contemporary artworks continue to be exhibited at major international art fairs in the United States, Asia and Europe, including Los Angeles, New York, London, Singapore and Hong Kong. Celebrities and major art collectors worldwide have acquired his timeless artworks, which have seen a significant increase in value. John applied acrylic paint and spray paint onto Korean language newspaper to create this one-of-a-kind artwork measuring 14 inches high by 11 inches wide. The artwork is signed and dated by Gary John in black along the lower left corner using the first two letters of his first and last names: "GA JO". This artwork is not framed and requires framing for proper display. A certificate of authenticity issued by the art gallery is included. Convenient local Los Angeles shipping. Affordable Continental U.S. and worldwide shipping also available. Gary John has been a street artist since 1985. Originally from Seattle, Washington, he moved to Venice Beach, Los Angeles in 2003 and began selling on the Venice boardwalk. After almost 10 years on the boardwalk and experiencing “a bout with homelessness,” he was discovered and his artistic career took off with great success. He references this success in every artwork he makes. Along the left side of the artwork he paints a series of circles joined together by an arrow pointing up. Each circle represents a stepping stone on the path of success that keeps growing to greater heights. On the right side he depicts a line of houses, expressing the joy he finds in the stability of a home. His street artworks have a whimsical yet exciting and bold quality, inspired by classic cartoon and comic book characters rendered with acrylic paint in a bold graffiti style, on newspaper, board or other media. His choice of newspapers reflects the diversity of his Los Angeles surroundings, including Korean language newspapers, which have become equally collected as his artworks on English language newspapers. John cites Pablo Picasso, Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat as his artistic inspiration. Other influences are comic books and American pop culture. His original artworks add a new face to the continuous popularity of pop art. John says about his art: “I grew up in a dysfunctional home. I always got lost in my art as an escape. Art is my passion. There is not enough time in the day to do all the painting I want to do. I’m consumed with it.” REPRESENTATION Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, USA EXHIBITIONS 2023 “Urban Ecologies: Cities Are Built for Art”, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2022 “Breakthrough Artists of the Affordable Art Scene”, Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2021 AAF New York, NY Kunstwarenhaus Zurich, Switzerland Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA 2020 Art Palm Springs, CA LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA 2019 Art Palm Springs, CA AAF Hong Kong Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA AAF New York 2018 AAF Hong Kong Kunstwarenhaus Zurich, Switzerland AAF New York, NY “It Runs in the Family,” Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA Art Palm Springs 2017 Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong Artspace Warehouse Los Angeles, CA Arteria Gallery Montreal, Canada 2017 Art Market San Francisco, CA Affordable Art Fair New York, NY 2016 Art Hamptons, NY Affordable Art Fair Hong Kong Affordable Art Fair New York, NY Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA 2015 Artspace Warehouse, CA Affordable Art Fair Singapore Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA Art Hamptons, NY 2015 Affordable Art Fair London, UK Love Art Fair Toronto, Canada Affordable Art Fair New York, NY Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA LA Art Show, Los Angeles, CA 2014 Red Dot Art Fair, Miami, FL Kunstwarenhaus Zurich, Switzerland Lurie Gallery, Los Angeles, CA Houston Fine Art Fair Artspace Warehouse, Los Angeles, CA Love Art Toronto Fair, Canada Stand Arte Gallery Madrid Affordable Art Fair New York, NY Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA Affordable Art Fair London 2013 SCOPE Miami Beach, FL 2012 Palm Springs Fine Art Fair, CA 2011 SOHO Gallery, Studio City, CA 2003-13 Abbot Kinney Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA 2008-13 Downtown Art Walk, Los Angeles, CA 2003-13 Venice Beach Boardwalk, Los Angeles, CA 1988-90 ‘COCA’ Center of Contemporary Arts, Seattle, WA TV & FILM The Flight Attendant, HBO How I Met Your Father, Hulu Insecure, HBO Cherish The Day, OWN
  • Creator:
    Gary John (American)
  • Creation Year:
    2021
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 15 in (38.1 cm)Width: 11 in (27.94 cm)
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  • Framing:
    Framing Options Available
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  • Gallery Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: ARTSPACE WAREHOUSE_JOHN_HIGH_VOLTAGE_DIRECT_CURRENT1stDibs: LU4269338242
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