Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery presents
JOHN MICHAEL GILL
Oct 3 - 18, 2009
Opening reception: Saturday, Oct 3, 5-9pm
John Michael Gill was raised in Torrance, CA. Born into an artistic family, he was highly influenced by the skateboard culture in which he grew up, espeically the music and graffiti. His immersion in this culture and voracious reading encouraged his development as a self-taught artist. He says, "Art is not something I chose, but something that chose me".
It’s great to see a folk style not derived from the foothills of Appalachia, but from the sidewalks of Southern California. Gill’s work pierces straight to the heart with strong religious iconography and archaic mark making. He dabbles in all mediums, ranging from mixed media to ceramics, oils and acrylics. His work is a statement on the current condition of mankind and the corporate cement that gags and binds us. John’s subjects are often tormented by demons and dollar signs, indicating the plight of the common artist and, of course, the common man. His canvases collide with chaotic representations of crudely drawn houses with white picket fences, TVs, skeletons and gleaming kings’ crowns, indicating the over-saturation of the "idea" of the American Dream gone wild.
- from interview with Nathan Cartwright for The Citizen LA.
Monkeyhouse Toys & Art Gallery
1618 1/2 Silver Lake Bl.
Los Angeles, CA 90026