JOHN PENDARVIS

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JOHN PENDARVIS

A native South Carolinian my works include large collages, mixed media canvases, serigraphs and pieces on paper. With a BS degree in Mathematics as a base, I continued my art education studying with Leo Twiggs, S. C. State University, Arts Student’s League, New York City and the Museum School of Art, Greenville County Museum with Carl Blair. My canvases depict the music Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker, kente cloth and African masks were a reflection of my love of music and heritage. I’ve returned to these themes over the years but also added new ones such as my recent paintings of flowers from my garden which combines my love of painting and gardening. For as long as I can remember, I’ve had an interest in creating. As a very young child I would sit in front of the neighbor’s house and dig up clay to mold into objects. Even before I started to attend school, I was drawing objects around my parent’s house. My art is like a patchwork quit including a variety of subjects executed using mixed media, wax, dyes, inks, acrylics, oil, serigraph and collage. My art draws on the life and loss and the need to capture some of what this journey give me. I am still on a journey to find a way though my art to celebrate life and share that with others.

RECENT AWARDS / EXHIBITIONS 

• Solo Exhibition -- Carri Bass Photography Studio, Spartanburg SC   June/July 2014 • Look for new body of work with a musical theme.   I am re-visiting  this popular theme with new ideas, media and different eyes as I've experienced growth since first exploring music themed paintings.   The new works are more personal using my saxophone to express movement and beauty.   The work "When our Horns were Young" is currently on display along with two other works.