Tsui Wah Restaurant
About This Artist:
In 1986 John Capitano developed a system of chance for selecting colours using darts. While aiming for a dartboard bull’s eye he throws a dart until a numbered wedge is struck. He then paints with its predetermined hue; Carried out in a playful spirit, this arbitrary system results in unique color combinations. To resolve a painting the game-playing shifts to problem-solving, still maintaining this chance process.
Born and raised in London Ontario, John studied fine art at the University of Western Ontario with Patterson Ewen as his painting instructor followed by a master’s degree from the University of Calgary in 1991. After travels through Europe, India and across Canada, John has made Vancouver home since 1994.
John has had representation from a number of galleries, most notably with the Douglas Udell Gallery in Vancouver and Edmonton since 2008 until the gallery recently closed this fall 2016.
About This Artwork:
John continues to work within this process because his artistic concerns still revolve around elements of play and discovery. However, while concerned with visual dynamics – the play of color, visual effects and the visceral nature of paint, its various applications and interactions – he is intrigued by the tension between these strictly painterly concerns and representational imagery.
John’s subject matter often reflects the same sense of humor as the process; he paints everything from the kitchen sink, piles of stacked dishes to the disarray of the bathroom. In his latest works John is painting from his most recent travels through Southeast Asia, yet more subject matter to compliment the painting process. Here the painting style reflects the excitement of travel enhanced by foreign signage mostly obscured and lost in translation. Throughout there remains a tension intrinsic to the process – the tension between chaos and order, struggle and play, indeterminacy and self-expression.
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