JOHN GRANDE – ARTIST STATEMENT
John Grande's work is set apart by the unexpected yet speaks to everybody. “It’s about the people, about us, the human race.” Each piece uniquely, constructs and deconstructs popular culture. John uniquely weaves high-end symbols and icons, using industrial mediums in the process. His work is derived from today’s multi-media world, immersed in today’s luxury lifestyle. John Grande trained at New York’s School of Visual Arts. His artwork has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the world, including New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, South Korea, Italy, India, and Canada.
JOHN GRANDE - BIO
John Grande’s current series of paintings are inspired by the organic compositions created from decaying advertisements lining the New York City streets. John Grande became fascinated with what he refers to as “the city’s modern-day cave paintings” in 2016 and has dedicated himself to bringing these compositions to life. The dialogue created by both residual deterioration and blanketed layers, left behind by years of placing and tearing down wheat paste posters and stapled flyers against construction dividers, results in its own language, unique to the constant turnaround in New York City.
In this overwhelming, distracting environment, created by growth in technology and saturation of marketing, it is easy to ignore their surroundings while walking through the city streets. John Grande reveals this metropolis, hidden in plain sight, through the lens of his paintbrush. He gives a platform to these overlooked narratives by exposing the compositional quality of worn urban advertisements layering the Gotham city’s canvas. By capturing these transient moments, Grande’s work explores the language advertisements have with one another and gives context to their time.
“My art comes from our culture, our history of art and our times.”
Grande has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the world, including New York, Boston, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, South Korea, Italy, India and Canada.
Grande is working on his current project: a twelve-foot-high by one hundred and forty-foot-long mural located inside the Harborside Financial Center in Jersey City.