John McCaw, the eldest son of American expressionist Dan McCaw and brother to painter Danny McCaw, was raised in an environment of art and artist. Being exposed to this type of environment, John found respect and value in many forms of art. Working closely with his father and brother and surrounded by books, art, and creative discussions, John has developed a unique vision.
Absorbing his environment, painters of the past and present, and placing no limits on his imagination, John brings to his canvas not only his sensitivities but also his heart. The emphasis on strong design, simple shapes, a variety of surfaces, and sensitive colors has enabled John to create well-balanced visually stimulating art that encourages the viewer to look for answers within themselves.
John McCaw has taken a path that is not limited by subject matter but is liberated by the endless tap of emotional resources. Spontaneity and instinct play a major role in the development and physicality of John’s art. Each work contains elements of life– bits and pieces that reveal the anatomy of our existence. Whether it’s an emotional connection or a visual attraction, McCaw endeavors to create art that most accurately represents the purity of a unique experience.
John McCaw is best known for his heavily encrusted earth tone paintings that emphasize strong design and simple shapes. McCaw’s abstract paintings engage two aspects of his academic studies in art and anthropology. Many of his works take on an organic appearance, as though dug up from the earth or washed up on the shore to reveal something from the past. Oftentimes, McCaw’s paintings suggest universal themes such as life and death, fate and circumstance, joy and sadness, human relationships, religion, graphic symbols, and modern culture. Each work of art contains elements of life, bits, and pieces that reveal the anatomy of our existence.
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