Meet the Artist! Reception
“One Summer Chicagoland Series”
Pen and Ink Drawings
Reception Tuesday, June 1, 2016
6:00-7:30 p.m. (Presentation at 6:45 p.m.)
1170 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein, IL
The Northwest Cultural Council is pleased to announce an artist reception for John Green.
The “One Summer Chicagoland” series was inspired by watching the weekend evening news media report events through the summer of 2014. Leads and teasers were utilized by the media to urge viewers to “stay tuned” and, then, the event was inserted as a 2 or 3 minute element…to be all-but-forgotten by the following week as another “breaking story” filled the same purpose. Seeking more than the media could or did offer, John developed a list of over three-dozen such events and began to explore them in greater detail. The result is the “One Summer Chicagoland” series of drawings that translate thirteen summer occurrences in and around Chicago into pen and ink imagery. Each drawing is accompanied by a listing of facts that surrounded the event.
John’s career as an architect began when he graduated from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is currently a partner in the Buffalo Grove, IL architectural and land-planning firm, Groundwork, Ltd. John has designed over 20,000 residences as well as such projects as: The Buffalo Grove Village Hall, The Mt. Prospect Park District Central Community Center; The Raupp Historical Museum; and Twin Creeks Park (including the fully-accessible Kendrigan Baseball Field).
As an artist, art has been part of John Green’s life since high school with both formal and real-life training. A fascination with light and dark, both physically and emotionally, has become a driving motivational force in John’s form of art and inspires him to work almost exclusively in pen & ink. Many of John’s works study the vast differences that exist in and between world cultures.
Over the past twenty-five years, John has created over 500 pen and ink art works from over forty countries. His “Cultural Portraits” may be as subtle as the play of the wind with a Japanese woman’s hair or as complex as a depiction of the Yangtze River canyon culture that has been lost in the lake created by the construction of the Three Gorges Dam in China. Cultural images, such as a lone woman cooking in African Mali or the stone prison tower on Robben Island that guarded the cell of Nelson Mandela, speak about the affect of different lifestyles on different peoples. His drawings present items, places and elements that John saw as helping to define the locale, people or culture where each drawing was done.