Between Back & Forth
May 4th – May 27th, 2011
Reception: Friday, May 6th, 6 – 8pm
Between Back & Forth is a solo exhibition of new works by John Sundstrom. A prolific and versatile artist, Sundstrom frequently shifts his creative focus between painting and drawing, printmaking, collage and sculpture.
The drawings in the current exhibit resulted from a visit the artist made to France. Working from photographs of medieval architecture, Sundstrom uses charcoal and conté crayon to explore the extreme angles and interesting dimensions of the vastness and sculptural qualities of the architecture. These drawings then become the basis of the paintings on display, which demonstrate, as the artist states, “a natural progression from previous works, with added images on a more personal level.”
In 1974, after receiving his Bachelors and Masters of Fine Arts from Otis Art Institute, Sundstrom worked as a member of a four person team painting murals at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu, California followed by several years of employment as a scenic artist for the television, theater, and motion picture industries. He relocated to Visalia, California in 1979 where, in 1980, he joined the staff of the Creative Center, a performing and visual arts center for developmentally disabled adults, where he worked for more than twenty years. His countless hours of dedication to the local community has been reflected in numerous awards over the years including recognition from Arts Visalia in 2001 as a Patron of the Arts at our Bi-Annual PatriARTic Awards Dinner.
Today, Sundstrom devotes his efforts singularly to his creative work from his studio at the base of the Sierra Nevada foothills in Elderwood, California.