John McCormick’s meditative landscape paintings are inspired by the area that surrounds his Northern California studio. Beautifully composed and executed, his paintings have the quality of a memory that is somewhere between past and present, familiar and foreign. Through rich color and illuminating light, he achieves a dramatic sense of place and experience. His work is inspired by the19th century Hudson River School painters, as well as the geometric principals of abstraction, and his interest in a synthesis of painting styles. His recent paintings also address his concern for the environment and the fragility of our vanishing landscape. He writes about his work:
My paintings style draws on both eastern and western traditions. I am interested in the division of space, spatial illusion and the flattening of space, and the use of traditional medium and materials in a muted tonal pallet. The compositional direction of each painting is informed by geometric principals and a synthesis of eastern and western thought. The paintings are artifice, mimetic constructs, not a particular place, but rather a state of mind where one is delivered both a sensual and contemplative experience. Interest in the landscape means something different to the culture in each new epoch and in our time, the “idea of landscape” is culturally viable because we have concerns about the depletion of natural resources and our physical/spiritual disconnectedness from nature.
McCormick has exhibited his work both domestically and internationally. These venues include the Triton Museum of Art in San Francisco, CA and the United States Embassy in Moscow. His work is also included in collections of the United States State Department, Stanford University, Kaiser Permanente and the Nasu Highland resort in Japan.