John Bismonte

Sharron Bowen

My passion for abstract expressionistic style embraces the notion that synchronicity is alive and real and that in our horizon, there is no such thing as accidents. I touch on subjects that provoke our emotions to react and come freely without control, which are accompanied with titles that form genuine opinions. I am driven primarily by my emotions, with color selections ranging from earthly tones, to wild-bright fantastic neon colors.

BIOGRAPHY
John Bismonte was born in Legazpi City, Philippines, on October 20, 1970. At 14 years of age, he enrolled at the Bicol University School of Arts and Trades, where he learned architectural drafting, sign painting, rendering, poster making, calligraphy and cartooning.

In December of 1986, his family moved to Queens, NY, in United States, where he enrolled at William Cullen Bryant High School. It was there that John had begun his true appreciation for abstract art. He volunteered as an illustration artist for the school newspaper, and was rewarded with the Haney Medal Award at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by the Department of Education of the City of New York and the trustees of The School Art League, for showing the most growth and potential in the field of visual arts.

In 1990, John moved to Farmingdale, NY, where he competed and was awarded second place in the New York State Art Mural Contest. Soon after, John enrolled at Nassau County Community College where he had won the Firehouse Gallery Exhibition Contest. However, his path towards visual arts took a turn when he dropped out and instead, enrolled at Long Island Drafting Institute, taking up Architectural Computer Aided Drafting and Design. While he pursued a career in telecommunications network design, John continued to paint abstract art, with fascination and influences ranging from the works of Pablo Picasso, Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, Willem Dekooning, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jackson Pollack, Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Kline, Mark Rothko, and Roy Lichenstein.

In 2002, John married and moved to Calgary to start a family, where he continued to paint at night while working full time as a network designer. It was there that John had finally found his own artistic style. One day, while trying to seal a pipe opening to prevent rodents from coming in to his garage, he accidentally discharged the remaining can of foam sealant on the floor. From that incident a magical and wonderful world opened up for him that allowed John to paint abstract expressionism in combination with surrealism through spontaneous and automatic subconscious creation. The foam sealant would provide him the thickening agent he desired to achieve heavy impasto texture, and in the process, creating protrusions with elements appearing like it is coming out of the canvass. It was also around that time when his cousin Maya Munoz, an accomplished contemporary visual artist in the Philippines, would influence him to create, stretch, and use large canvasses for his paintings. Currently, John's work ranges between 4 x 3 feet all the way to 8 x 4 feet.

Splendor Of Mayon

Splendor Of Mayon
24" x 30"
Mixed Media

Pastel

Pastel
36" x 48"
Mixed Media

Untitled Stream

Untitled Stream
74" x 48"
Mixed Media

Purgatory

Purgatory
36" x 48"
Mixed Media

Crucifix

Crucifix
36" x 48"
Mixed Media


 

 

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