John Dempcy Abstract Painting - Revealing Tide
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John Dempcy
Revealing Tide



Reminiscent of the 50's Op Art school is this compelling abstract geometric droplet style painting by John Dempcy (American, b-1958). Born in Seattle, John grew to find the environment of the Pacific Northwest to be a source of inspiration to his burgeoning creative endeavors. For John, art has always been a natural way to express a deep emotional tie to the area and its intricate web of life. Referencing the physical and life sciences, his work strives to reflect the inter-connectedness of a complex ecology while conveying a sense of the beauty and mystery inherent in the unfolding process of life. Signed on verso "Dempcy '06" and 'John Dempcy 2006". Acrylic and sumi-ink on clay board (masonite with vinyl coating). Image 24"H x 36"W x .19D. On a Maple wood base. John received a B.A. in Art from the University of Washington and an A.A. degree in Graphic Design from the Art Institute of Seattle. He has shown his work in numerous solo and group shows throughout the U.S. and is represented by galleries across the country. Working for years with fluid acrylics, John Dempcy explored the ideas of chaos and order. Dempcy used a dropper to apply paint to clayboard allowing the paint to move free from the coercion of the human hand. The intrinsic character of the paint revealed itself as it absorbed spread and blended. The resulting images seem to reference a sort of cellular level of life, crystals, geodes, petri dishes growing a beautiful science experiment. Adding the human hand back into the work, Dempcy reveals the even more subtle energies and interconnectedness of these basic life forms, as if trying to understand the source of the very cellular structures he was before creating, revealing the very complicated nature of life, particularly at its most basic expression. Instead of relying on the natural forces at play and revealing the viscose qualities of fluid acrylic, Dempcy now incorporates rubbing alcohol, alcohol inks, and sumi ink into his painting. “The work came out of my reading on quantum physics. Kind of dry in itself, but mystery and energy and connection are the themes I worked with,”


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    some minor scratches re-touched.
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    H 24 in. x W 36 in. x D 2.5 in.H 60.96 cm x W 91.44 cm x D 6.35 cm
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    Soquel, CA
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