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Member Artist

John Long

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I come from a family of artists. I trained as a photographer, filmmaker, poet, and printer but my professional career was in education, first as a classroom teacher and then as a school leader. Twenty-five years ago I began working intensively in the art studio, creating 3-dimensional assemblages and 2-dimensional collages. This led to abstract and text-based painting with acrylics as well as abstract landscapes and calligraphy with Japanese ink.

 

In my work, I build up and tear down layers of acrylic paint, exploring geometric order and chaotic energy. Most of my painting is done on plywood panels, though I also paint on canvas and corrugated cardboard. My color palette ranges from black and gray monotone to riotous primary colors and warm pastel shades.

 

I grew up in Flint, Michigan which was still a thriving midwest factory town when I moved away. My wife, Kathy, and I have lived in Texas, Ohio, Washington, DC, Afghanistan, and Connecticut. We moved to Estes Park full-time in 2018.

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