How is everyone? I hope everyone is warm.
John Michael Gill 2014
John Michael Gill 2014. Commission painting for Antonio Salon in Downtown Seattle.
I really prefer this part of the piece I installed at the Antonio Salon the other day. I really feel it and enjoy the concept. We will see what this leads to.
I suppose phrases come and go. Occasionally I write them down or include them in my art. "Death Paintings" came to me and signifies pretty much everything for me. The beauty of life and the beauty and necessity of death. It is all encompassing, everything I think about while doing any act, most specifically creative acts. Im trying my best to really be alive, not to let the simple or profound pass me by. Record. Digest. This is the life of a future dead man. What will I leave?
Playing and learning.
One of my first public commissions in Seattle. Antonio Salon, Downtown Seattle.
One problem galleries had with me (out of many ?) is I have a style but I enjoy learning, experimenting, and playing. I am not really aligned with the artist-as-factory/stick to one thing and never budge mindset. I wish the world saw things in broader terms. I did have galleries that got it, and we were successful. Simple. I hope to find that again in the right Gallery setting because I do miss the camaraderie and experience. I think it is not my time. I also am becoming less and less interested with the delusion of fame. I know people that I believe only create art as some kind of identity that will bring them a sense of fame. I hope this is not the case, but as more and more "Artists" come up in a scene, the less fun they become. While I wish I could be a part of the team, I am o.k. with sitting it out and creating my nonsense in my room. I would like to thank the ones in my life who have supported my art, in any incarnation for so many years. I hope you remain by my side.
Home for the holidays in California. Traveling is so much different when you have a child. It is so hard to squeeze in creative time, social time, down time, but it is all worth it. I really miss California for obvious reasons as well as personal reasons but I also like being away in my fortress of solitude, Washington.
I got to do a mural on a pretty big wall. Hadn’t used cans in awhile so it was equally fun and frustrating. I have learned recently that many people claim a background in graffiti when really they have none. Why? It can only hurt you. My experience with graffiti is very simple, I have done many murals with cans but never got with a crew. That is something I regret sometimes because I was offered introduction into crews that would have made me a much better all around artist. I felt I didn’t want to go down a traditional graffiti path and since I had no idea that graffiti would be the hipster wet dream that it is today I began to only implement cans (Spray-paint) as a tool to do my paintings larger. This is in essence graffiti but I cannot claim the title of “Graffiti Artist” and neither should anyone who hasn’t paid their dues. It’s a real deal respectable art. “Street Art” is a whole other mess.
I had a good trip and by accident learned a lot about art. What some people want from it, why they do it, and most of all how pricing is never fair. No big revelations. I miss my beautiful Torrance and didn’t get to see even a quarter of the people I intended on seeing. Next time Los Angeles.
All work created between October to November 2013. Sizing ranges from 5x7" to 4x6". Email Johnmichaelgill@aol.com for inquiries.
Thank you everyone,