John McCuin

15th Annual ARC Salon (2020-2021)

John McCuin

United States

Dr. John McCuin, an artist from Oklahoma City, who now resides in Dallas, Texas, works in oils to create realistic still life, figurative, and portrait paintings. Inspired by 19th century academic painters, contemporary representational painters, and abstract painters of the past century, John strives to combine the compositional impact of strong nonobjective work with technical virtuosity. Influenced by his training as a physicist, Dr. McCuin paints trompe l’oeil pieces that entertain the mind’s eye as it seeks to unravel the illusion created by methodical mastery.

In spite of life's busiest moments, art has always called me. Primarily, I love art because I love beauty. Even when composing work meant to communicate specific content or emote a given feeling, beauty is the one constant. Regarding the technical side of constructing art, there is a dynamic tension between my analytical perfectionism and my desire for expressive release. I love creating and will never stop.

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