John Grande is a photo-based painter who has exhibited in solo and group shows throughout the world including New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington DC, Korea, Italy, India, and Canada. Most recently Grande was featured in the group exhibition "Bling" at Jim Kempner Fine Arts in New York. Grande's technique translates a photo realistic style into paint as he explores different ways of solving contextual problems and ideas.
1992-94 Associates Degree in Graphic Design, Suffolk Community College 1995-98 Bachelors Degree in Fine Art Illustration, School of Visual Arts
Over the past couple of years my creative focus has been on expanding and adding to the theory and concepts of appropriation by using iconic contemporary photography as my source material. By transforming these seminal images I am blurring the lines between photography and high art. My intention is to allow the viewer to see these once mechanically produced works as broken down and reformed into old master-like large scale paintings.
Selected Solo Exhibitions 2009 My Cindy,Your Cindy, Sara Nightingale Gallery, Shelter Island, NY 2009 Glamour and Gloom, Cerasoli Gallery, , Culver City, California 2007 Fake Plastic Things, Engine Gallery, Toronto, Ontario