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John Wellington was born in Santa Monica,
California, and raised in Greenwich Village in New York City
where he still resides. He received his BFA from the Rhode
Island School of Design and his MFA at The New York
Academy of Art. His paintings have been in exhibitions in New
York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, and Paris. He has
also shown at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and The
Arnot Museum in New York.

John Wellington teaches Old Master techniques of painting at
both the Graduate program of the New York Academy of Art
where he is an Adjunct Professor and at his studio in Manhattan.
BECKY AND FACTORY
14 X 11 INCHES
35.56 X 27.94 cm
OIL ON PANEL
Ever since I can remember I have created my own world through drawing and painting. As a child it was a way I could
leave the real world for a little while and have some control over the feelings I experienced. Today I still create worlds with
my art, but now they reveal the many contradictory aspects of my hidden self.

The purest themes of my work have been the passing of life and the sensuous and erotic aspects of devotion. My still-lifes
and portraits are often composed as shrines or altars. Contrast is an important aspect of my work and I take a diverse
collection of objects—turned fruit, religious symbols, erotic images, historical works of art—and bring them together.
Although the objects can have a specific purpose when seen on their own, as I paint, their meanings change. An objectified
pin-up of a woman might become a muse or goddess and a Buddha might transform into a lustful and happy man. When all
the different objects are placed together, a new story unfolds. Occasionally the meanings are clear to me from the outset, but
more often they evolve with the paintings.

The technical qualities of my work are an anachronism in the 21st Century. In a world that becomes increasingly digitized, I
realize how important the act of painting is for me. I am inspired by the physical qualities of the paint, by the surfaces of
copper and wood panel, and by the magic of seeing the painting develop over weeks and months.

The focus of my paintings often shifts with the changes in my life. The process is the art. At times my work has been
classical, claustrophobic, fetishistic, beautiful, vulgar, architectural, humorous, morbid, decorative, and sexual. Sometimes it
is all of these at once.

Painting for me is a devotional profession. At the best of moments I paint in an enlightened state. This is how I felt as a child.
See John Wellington's complete
collection at:
www.www.johnwellington.com
opening, Tuesday, April 20th, The Carol Shen Gallery. 5-7 pm.
ASTROBOY (FIRST FAME)
67 X 38 INCHES
170.18 X 96.52 cm
OIL AND COPPERLEAF ON PANEL
PRINCESS
75 x 48 inches
190.5 x 121.92 cm
OIL AND COPPER LEAF ON
ALUMINUM
WE’RE NOT YOUR ENEMIES
78 X 42 INCHES
198.12 X 106.68 cm
OIL AND COPPERLEAF ON PANEL
Avenging Angel68 ' x 48 ' inchesOIL
AND COPPERLEAF ON ALUMINUM
Saving Graces 48 x 70 inchesOIL AND
COPPER LEAF ON ALUMINUM
HELLOKITTY67.5 X 48 inchesOIL
AND COPPER LEAF ON PANEL
ALL MY TROUBLES WILL BE GONE
42 X 67 INCHES
106.68 X 170.18 cm
OIL AND COPPERLEAF ON PANEL
YOU’RE A DEVIL
48 INCHES IN DIAMETER
121.92 cm IN DIAMETER
OIL AND COPPERLEAF ON PANEL
SUNSET
48 INCHES IN DIAMETER
121.92 cm IN DIAMETER
OIL AND COPPER LEAF ON PANEL
BATHERS
48 INCHES IN DIAMETER
121.92 cm IN DIAMETER
OIL AND COPPERLEAF ON PANEL
DIANA AND HER MAIDENS
48 INCHES IN DIAMETER
121.92 cm IN DIAMETER
OIL AND COPPERLEAF ON PANEL
THE BLUE ROOM
30 X 18.75 INCHES
76.2 X 47.62 cm
OIL ON PANEL
FALLEN ANGEL
75 X 48 INCHES
190.5 X 121.92 cm
OIL ON LINEN/PANEL
THE VISITATION
42 X 48 INCHES
106.68 X 121.92 cm
OIL ON PANEL
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