John McLaughlin

John McLaughlin

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John McLaughlin

The work of Michigan artist John McLaughlin (b. 1954) explores the relationship between humans and their environment. Child-like scribbles are combined with highly finished drawing and collage elements to create abstract works that still retain references to natural and man-made objects. McLaughlin is an intuitive artist, allowing his pieces to develop organically in both form and meaning, and his works are a source of constant discovery for both him and the viewer. While entirely self-taught, McLaughlin has affinity with modern artists such as Cy Twombly, known for his canvases strewn with smears and graffiti-like scrawls, and Richard Tuttle, who often has large amounts of blank space around detailed drawings and simple markings. McLaughlin displays a refinement of form, texture, and personal vision that is belied by the gestural freedom and playfulness immediately evident in his pieces.


John McLaughlin • Statement

My paintings and drawings are part of my own lineage of abstraction that has evolved over some twenty five years.  My work has always arisen from an earnest search for resolution in a range of gestures, movements and erasures. The appearance and meaning of the resolution has developed in the meandering progression of the creative process. I continue my investigation into the possibilities of the accidental along with the more deliberate forms and lines in both nature and the man-made world. The labors are personal, but also come from a place of acutely studied history of art, design and music.  Similar to a musical composition, I slowly create my paintings by building on and modifying motifs applied in previous layers. I embrace improvisational gestures and incidents allowing some of the previous marks to show in a palimpsest manner. Among this rich layering are fits and starts of lines, doodles and sketches. This action occurs in so many layers, that some images are barely perceivable, giving insight into my thought process and leaves the viewer searching for more clues. On the top layer are hazy spaces of the paintings hard-lined, organic shapes of color and line drawings that conjure a quirky aggregate of the ancient, scientific and industrial hieroglyphs. The paintings are a steady, engrossing read that gradually reveal their history and resolve. My art work on canvas involves the unintended or accidental effect of a mark or gesture drawn over a period of time and many paint layers. This allows the viewer to form their own conclusion based on each individual imagination and past experience.


John McLaughlin • Biography

Selected Exhibitions and Galleries

2016
"sELECTED Works", LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

"Toast", LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Krege Foundation, Detroit, Michigan

Janice Charach Gallery, West Bloomfield, Michigan

“Paper and Plastic”, solo exhibition, MONA, Detroit, Michigan

“echoes” Galerie Camille, Detroit, Michigan

“Collective Alchemy”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

2015
Mixed Media Exhibit, Ann Arbor Art Center, Merit Award

“The Line”, Corners Gallery Ithaca, New York

Art Prize 7, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Echo Art Fair, Buffalo, New York

Solo Show, MONA, Detroit

“Let’s Get Started”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

“Slightly Obsessive”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

Hirsch Fine Art Santa Fe, New Mexico

Hudson Gallery Toledo, Ohio

BoxHeart Gallery, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

2014
“Slightly Obsessive II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

“Out of the Polar Vortex”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Echo Art Fair, Buffalo New York

“Childs Play”, Danielle Peleg Gallery

Art Prize 6, Cathedral Square, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Hudson Gallery Toledo Oh.  “Double Dozen”

2012   
“25 Year Gala”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
          
“LG-Group”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
           
“Power of Pattern”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
           
“Fresh Squeezed and Locally Grown”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
           
“Act II”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan

2011    
“Come Out and Play”, LaFontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan
           
“Fall at The Lakeshore”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
           
“City Streets Exhibition”, Lansing, Michigan
           
“Opening Celebration”, LaFontsee Galleries, Douglas, Michigan
          
“Michigan Fine Art Competition”, Birmingham, Michigan

2010  
“Our Town Art Exhibit”, Birmingham, Michigan

“Canton Fine Art Exhibition”, Canton, Michigan

Canton Municipal Building, 12 Abstract Paintings

“Michigan Fine Art Competition”  

2009               
“Folk Magic”, Barristers Gallery New Orleans Exhibition, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Michigan Fine Art Exhibition”, 2 works chosen, BBAC, Birmingham, Michigan

“140 Hours Art Auction”, Twitter

“Canton Fine Art Exhibition”, Merit Award, Canton, Michigan

“The Violence of Music”, USpace Gallery Atlanta, Georgia

Our Town Art Exhibit”, The Community House, Birmingham, Michigan

2008  
“Our Town Art Exhibition”, The Community House, Birmingham, Michigan

“National Small Works Painting”, Main Street Gallery, Groton, New York

“Birmingham Bloomfield Holiday Art Show”, BBAC, Birmingham, Michigan

“Our Town Art Exhibit”, The Community House Birmingham, Michigan

2006               
“Our Town Art Exhibit”, Community House, Birmingham, Michigan

2005               
“Canton Fine Art Exhibition”, Honorable Mention, Canton, Michigan

“Our Town Art Exhibit”, Juror Award Prize, Community House, Birmingham, Michigan,  

2004               
“Northville Art Show”, Northville, Michigan

Solo Show, Kerrytown Concert House, Ann Arbor, Michigan

2003              
“Northville Art Show”, Award of Excellence, Northville, Michigan

“Canton Fine Art Exhibition”, Merit Award, Canton, Michigan

“Summit on the Park”, Canton, Michigan

2002   
“Northville Art Show”, Merit Award, Northville, Michigan

2001   
“Northville Art Show”, Award of Excellence, Northville, Michigan

“Canton Fine Art Exhibition”, Canton, Michigan

2000   
“Canton Fine Art Exhibition”, Canton, Michigan

“Northville Art Show”, Northville, Michigan

1999    
“Northville Art Show”, Northville, Michigan

1998    
“Livonia Arts Festival”, Livonia Michigan

“Canton Fine arts Exhibit”, Canton, Michigan

“Northville Art Show”, Northville, Michigan

1997    
“Canton Fine Art Exhibit”, Canton, Michigan

“Northville Art Show”, Northville, Michigan

1996   
“Northville Art Exhibit”, Northville, Michigan

“Canton Fine Art Exhibit”, Canton, Michigan

1995    
“Northville Art Exhibit”, Northville, Michigan

1994               
“Canton Fine Art Exhibit”, Canton, Michigan

“Northville Art Exhibit”, Northville, Michigan

1993   
“Canton Fine Art Exhibit, Canton, Michigan”

1992  
‘Cranbrook College Art Show”, 1st Place, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

1991   
“Cranbrook College Art Show”, BloomfieldHills, Michigan

1990  
Scarab Club Gallery, Honorable Mention, Detroit, Michigan

“Cranbrook College Art Show”, 1st Place, Bloomfield Hills Michigan

Selected Collections

Mary Idema Pew Library Purchase, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Margarita Papasideri Gallery

Blue Canvas Gallery  

Gallery Guilhem Nave 34000, Montpellier, France 

The Drawing Center, New York 

Tracey Contemporary Drawing, Leicestershire, England   

Art Collection of Annick and Louis Doucet, Paris, France

Frederic Lux Art Collection, Paris, France         

Peloux-Raynal Art Collection, France, Dominique Dartiers, Outsider Art                

Maddalena Design Studios, Birmingham, Michigan

Artist Musician Sasha Krivtsov, Los Angeles, California

Publications and Reviews

25 Year Book, LaFontsee Galleries

Art of This World: Mary Ann Wakely

Featured in Art Nouveau Magazine

Artist interview at Whopple                                                        

Author Michael Corbin interview

Gallery Representation

2011   
Lafontsee Galleries, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Luminarte Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Art Access Gallery, Columbus, Ohio

SOPA Fine Arts Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada

Hudson Gallery, Sylvania, Ohio

The Lansing Art Gallery, Lansing Michigan

Xanadu Gallery, Scotsdale, Arizona

Birmingham Conference Center: 31, Birmingham, Michigan

2010  
Lumanarte Gallery, Dallas, Texas

Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan

Busacca Art Gallery, San Francisco, California

Zatista Art Gallery

Margarita's e-artdrops Art Gallery, Spain

pFAn Gallery,  Professional Fine Art Network

2009   
Blue Canvas Magazine, on-line gallery

2008  
Aron Whiton Fine Art Gallery Houston, Texas

Lawrence Street Gallery, Ferndale, Michigan

2004   
Wayne County Council for the Arts

The Village Theater Canton, Michigan

2001   
Canton Fine Art Exhibition, Canton, Michigan

2000   
Quick Silver Gallery, Plymouth, Michigan

1993  
Canton Public Library, Canton, Michigan

Plymouth Community Arts Council, Plymouth, Michigan

1989  
Washigton Street Gallery, Royal Oak, Michigan   

1983   
Canton Public Library, Canton, Michigan