Why I Paint

Why I Paint

Tue · March 20, 2018

Doors: 6:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm



Academy Award winning filmmakers, Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine present a short film “Why I Paint,” sharing the story and process of American contemporary artist John Brendan Guinan.

John Brendan Guinan
John Brendan Guinan
John Brendan Guinan is an American contemporary artist. He was born at home in the Logan Circle neighborhood of inner city Washington, D.C. above the homeless shelter and soup kitchen founded and run by his parents. The artist’s large scale mixed media paintings are comprised of swaths of color fields and non-traditional mediums like spray paint, glitter, and collage. His oeuvre references a broad set of themes involving artifacts from the Guinan’s childhood, religion, mysticism, poetry, and philosophy. The artist's goal is to create sublime and enveloping art that emotionally and spiritually disrupts viewers. In the words of color field artist Barnett Newman, "Instead of making cathedrals out of Christ, man, or "life," we are making [them] out of ourselves, out of our own feelings." Guinan has been called an "artist priest" and a "conduit for the transcendent". In his own words, "Artists are the agents of the heavens. Our job is to do the bidding of the immaterial”. Guinan has exhibited in solos and group shows in New York, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Miami at Art Basel. His work has been auctioned off at Sotheby's in NYC, alongside pieces by Jeff Koons, Ed Ruscha, Yoko Ono, Shepard Fairey, Urs Fischer, and Jorge Pardo among others. Academy Award Winning Fine Films Company is currently shooting a documentary on his story and art career called ‘Why I Paint’.
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Venue Information:
Dupont Underground
19 Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC, 20036