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John Defeo
Even if You Aren't Sure, Something Out There Knows Right Where You Are

2018

$7,000

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A lush, green, and inviting forest greets the viewer in this painting. The soft edges of the living and falling trees create the feeling of a thriving, cool, damp forest. A deer has its back to the viewer, looking onward into the forest. The painting's composition almost feel like one could step into this forest and follow a path with the deer. Despite how inviting these woods feel, there is a sense of forboding that exists in the lush, dark values. The title of the piece reflects this sensation. A solitary crescent moon hangs of the upper right corner of the sky, so that it and deer are the only observers of the viewer in the scene. To see more images of this fabulous painting, please inquire. “At any time, I could head to the middle of the forest, strip off my clothes, and dive into a river to wash off the sins of contemporary society in the primordial essence of nature. Knowing I have this freedom is how I get through my day.” Johnny Defeo’s work belongs to the concept of souvenir, attempting to capture the experiences he has in the natural world, where he feels free and most at home. His paintings and rugs focus on the physical margins between unmitigated wilderness and human construction in an attempt to represent the psychological division between egocentric and holistic thought. He makes work with the earnest goal of minimizing the perceived divide between the natural world and the manmade and illuminating the connections between beauty both quintessential and manufactured. Johnny’s interest in rugs as a material with which to create iterations of his paintings is informed by from his interest in interior design, luxury goods, and traditional forms of craft, which he finds to be more experiential and approachable than traditional fine arts practices. In Rivers, a collection of self portraits floating nude in bodies of water all over the world serve as souvenirs of a freeing and reenergizing experience- a moment of submersion into the life-giving force of flowing water. These self portraits serve as the basis for his paintings and rugs, merging his explorations of the sublime with the process of making functional works that address the barriers between nature and culture, inside and outside. Johnny lives and works in Denver, Colorado. He earned his MFA in painting from CU Boulder in 2017. During his time at CU he exhibited in national juried MFA exhibitions in New York and Chicago, and organized exhibitions and collaborative curatorial projects with artists and curators in Boulder and Denver. In 2018, he will be exhibiting in several group shows, as well as two solo shows, and will attend the Jentel artist residency in Wyoming.

Details

  • Artist
    John Defeo (American)
  • Creation Year
    2018
  • Dimensions
    Height: 72 in. (182.88 cm)Width: 60 in. (152.4 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Denver, CO
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU49833016031

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