Photo of John Denniston II taken by Brandon Foushee 2020

Born and raised in Los Angeles, California by a family of dancers, painting came John Denniston II is a painter and sculptor working out of Brooklyn, NY. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California by a family of dancers, painting came natural to a self engaged child who was too self conscious to get on stage. The dancer can’t see what they’re making, they are what they make. This is the blind truth a dancer feels during performance, and is something prominent in John’s painting process.

John begins painting without predetermination, making gestural marks that slowly reduce the possibilities of the painting. He finds something to grab onto, a form to work with, to sensationalize some blinded truth within the painting, and with ferocity and energy begins to paint it (often while dancing). A painting may start to develop in various ways, and will continue to change both drastically and subtly by going through the washing machine of modernized thought, reacting to old and new forms, creating a cyclical facilitation process for a painting that ultimately comes out to reveal or embody something worth preserving. .

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Education

BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute (2022)

Summer intensive programs at MICA (2016), Academy of Art University (2015) and Art Center College of Design (2013-2014)

Exhibitions

As Above So Below, As Within So Without, Presented by Gallery House, asabove.net, May 2021

Untitled group show, pop up gallery in Soho, NYC, May 2021

Just Things, Presented by Pratt Institute Photography Gallery, September 2020

2020 Group Show, Presented by BWAC, November- December 2020

Remember Me!, Presented by Gallery House, November 2019