More encouragement to dabble outside of just the “listed” artists– enjoy!
John St. John was born in Oak Park, Illinois in 1911. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1935 and the Maxwell School of Public Administration at Syracuse University in 1938. Although he worked in public administration until he went to serve in the military during World War II, it was not until after the war was over that he began painting. He called this endeavor into the world of artists his “second career,” and he did it with the same focus and success as his early professional life. He quickly mastered the techniques of watercolor and oil painting while training under a number of art teachers and mentors. He studied at the famous Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Florida and then traveled to Mexico, where he worked with Jose Gutierrez in vinyl and fresco mural painting at Mexico City College.
After returning to the United States, St. John became a pioneer in exterior mural painting. In 1955, he was commissioned by the City of Coral Gables, Florida to paint the first large scale mural on the exterior of a public building in the United States. It took five months of work to produce Epochs of Florida History. After a few years of mural painting, St. John moved to Puerto Rico, where he spent 12 years painting the countryside and the sea. He returned to the mainland again and began painting in North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky and California. By this time he had developed his own distinctive style using, among other colors, dark reds and pale greens to depict scenes and impressions of nature and people, often from a perspective above the earth. After a few more years of painting in Hawaii, he settled in Solvang, California and founded his own gallery.
St. John paintings are included in numerous private and permanent collections, including, but not limited to: the Musaeo De Arte, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Museum of Art, Tel Aviv, Israel; Syracuse University; Palacio Nacional, Cartegena, Colombia; Knox College, Illinois; Palacio De Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru; Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Ponce, Puerto Rico; St. Xavier University, New Orleans; Instituto De Cultura Dominico-Americano, Dominican Republic; and Scripps College, Claremont, California.
The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, headquartered in Santa Barbara, was the recipient of John St. John’s estate after he passed away in 1986. The Foundation has an extensive collection of his art, tapestries, prints and books.
I purchased the untitled St. John work pictured above (and one other) directly from the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. If you’re interested in seeing more, I recommend checking out the 1981 book he authored entitled Visions of Reality in Oil Painting. Let me know if you have any additional information or pictures to share with everyone!