John - Contestant
John has been making art since he was five years old, began selling it in the 1980’s, and created his first gallery show in the 1990’s. Currently an art studio manager in Los Angeles, he has obtained commissions for T-shirt designs, gallery logos, record labels, and most notably, to create a piece of original artwork for the rooftop of a Mini Cooper to be auctioned off for charity. With a MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art and a post–graduate fellowship at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, John is proficient in several mediums, but focuses on painting and drawing. He has shown his work in over 40 group exhibitions and in 10 solo exhibitions, including a solo show at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. John seeks to integrate the gay community as a theme in much of his work and experiments with the use of color and pattern through combinations of material. John is presently working on a solo show for the Western Exhibitions gallery in Chicago.