46 Waltham Street, Studio #205a
Boston, Massachusetts 02118

darcyvinton@comcast.net

http://www.johnvintonart.com

Instagram @johnjayvinton

 

BACKGROUND

Art has always been part of my life starting as an elementary school student with Saturday classes in painting with a local instructor and continuing through all phases of my education. As a new graduate from college considering medical school or graduate studies in English literature, I decided instead to focus on painting. I teamed up with an art school friend to rent space in an old shoe factory in Brockton, MA, my hometown, and spent the bulk of five years between college and graduate school painting. I worked my way through abstraction as I had seen it at the Decordova Museum in Lincoln, the MFA in Boston, and others. I had the thrill of seeing an early Diebenkorn Ocean Park painting at the Fuller Museum in Brockton, part of a great traveling show. These were exciting years, culminating in having work at the lending program at the fledgling Boston Institute of Contemporary Art and a Show at Thayer Academy called Eight Boston Abstractionists.

At the conclusion of these five years in Brockton, I enrolled at the Harvard Graduate School of Design to study architecture believing that I needed a profession and a steady job in order to have an orderly life. This indeed became my day job while evenings and weekends I continued to paint.

Then in the mid nineties, I adjusted the focus. I enrolled in a painting majors studio at Mass Art, then spent two years in the Post Baccalaureate Studio Arts Program at Brandeis, that helped me bring painting front and center which it has remained ever since. In 2001, I moved into my present studio in the SoWa Arts District of Boston’s South End and have spent the last two decades creating work here.

 

PAINTING PRACTICE

I am an abstract painter building on many of the exciting breakthroughs of the mid twentieth century New York School, the abstract expressionists, while attending as well to more traditional painters especially the nineteenth century Luminist painters mostly fellow New Englanders who often painted the water and the shore.

My painting is very much about place: How does a place feel. What are its essential qualities. Why is it so moving. In this sense, I’m also a landscape painter but using abstraction as a way to express this sense of place. Like the NY painters, I encourage process incident to be part of the work relying on intuition as a guide. I’m very interested in color, texture, the contrast between thick and thin, the variety of marks you can make with the brush, the bristles, the back of the handle, the side, scraping, shaping. Allowing it all to mix, to act on each other, creating a spontaneous emerging of the visual, which is what we are after. This means both attending carefully and also letting things go, letting things be what they want to be. I can tell when a painting is done by when it starts to look like itself, beginning to take on a character that is independent of me.

 

PAMET RIVER

There are certain shallow bodies of water near the sea that are especially interesting to me. The play of sun on the water, wind scurrying the surface, the range of bottom conditions, sand, rock, plant life that are visible from below and make an interesting mélange that can be seen from the surface above, refracted through the water, plus all variety of fish and other creatures. It is a whole world of pale blues, violets, sheer ochre greens and flashes of magenta and crimson yellow. The Pamet River is one such stretch of shallows that I have been painting for much of the last decade. The Pamet River is in Truro MA on the outer part of Cape Cod, just adjacent to Provincetown. The River headwaters are a marsh just behind the sand dunes of Ballston Beach on the Atlantic Ocean, a wild beautiful beach that provides quiet sanctuary for the beginnings of the Pamet. The Pamet is a tidal river that at low tide is a meandering sliver of water surrounded by green marsh grass which at high tide and at its upper reaches near its outlet into Cape Cod Bay floods from bank to bank to present a broad expanse of water. Yet the grasses and the mud flats and the wild life are never far from the surface, offering riches of color and variety. The Pamet runs across the cape, beginning at Ballston Beach and emptying into Cape Cod Bay. Many people miss it because it runs under the mid cape highway and is not visible. But if you turn off and stop at Truro Center so called – consisting of a very small post office and a few shops – and drive toward Corn Hill Beach, you will see it open up on your left winding it way across the gently rolling cape.
A marvelous sight.

 

LAKE TASHMOO

This is another such watery place in this case on the edge of Martha’s Vineyard, just pff State Road as you head out from Vineyard Haven on the way to Chilmark and Menemsha. Once a fresh water lake, there was a winter a storm driven intrusion many years ago that joined Tashmoo to Vineyard Sound so that its now salty and brackish and although navigable along a maintained channel its largely shallows and sand bars worked by the currents and the tides. It has a brilliant white sand bottom in many parts that reflects the sun back onto the wind scurried surface with a striking variety of appearances. I especially liked sitting on a float at the end of the dock, my feet in the water, watching the busy marine life below, a rich habitat that

 

EDUCATION

Brandeis University, Waltham, Massachusetts; Post Baccalaureate in Studio Art
Massachusetts College of Art, Boston, Massachusetts; Painting Major’s Studio
Harvard University Graduate School of Design; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Master of Architecture
Harvard College; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Bachelor of Arts

 

REPRESENTATION

Andrea Marquit Fine Arts, Boston, MA
Boston Art Inc., Boston, MA
Circa Gallery, Minneapolis, MN
Erdreich White Fine Art, Boston, MA
Jacqui Becker Art Gallery, Brookline MA
Libby Silvia Artstyle, Wellesley, MA
SOHO Myriad, Atlanta, Georgia
Sunny Savage Gallery, Winchester, MA

 

COLLECTIONS

Ariel Reinsurance Company, Hamilton, Bermuda
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts; Hingham, MA
Brigham and Women’s Hospital; Boston, MA
Children’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Edelstein & Company, LLP, Boston, MA
Foley Hoag, LLP, Boston Seaport
Harvest Restaurant, Cambridge, MA
Intercontinental Developers, Inc., for Waterplace, Providence, RI
LEK Consulting, Los Angeles, CA
MFA – Moody Famiglietti & Andronco, Andover, MA
MFS Investment Management, Luxembourg
Millennium Partners at One Charles; Boston, MA
MIT University Park; Cambridge, MA
Natixis Global Asset Management, Boston, MA
PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach, FL
Providence Equity Partners, Providence, RI
San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina, San Diego, CA
State Plaza Hotel, Washington, DC
SV Life Sciences, Boston, MA
Total Systems Services, Columbus, Georgia
Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ
Westin O’Hare, Chicago, IL
Wilmer Hale, Boston, MA
Numerous private collections in New England, the East Coast and the West Coast

 

PUBLICATIONS / EXHIBITIONS

December 2018 Boston Voyager Interview: Introducing the Art of John Vinton
September 2018 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Boston’s South End
April 2018 “The Artists Dilemma: What To Do With All The Canvases”, Pam
Reynolds, WBUR, The ARTery
November 2017 Solo Show, Gallery 555, Boston International A
September 2017 Open Studio, United South End Artists
August 2017 Selected Members Group Show Circa Gallery Minneapolis, MN
May 2017 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
November2016 Solo Show, Gallery 555, Boston International Art Fair
September 2016 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2016 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
September 2015 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Boston’s South End
September 2015 Open Studio, United South End Artists
August 2015 Boston Art Group Show Ongoing Boston Seaport District
May 2015 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
February 2015 Catamount Arts, Juried Show, Saint Johnsbury, VT
September 2014 Open Studio, United South End Artists
June 2014 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Boston’s South End
May 2014 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
February 2014 Duxbury Art Association Juried Winter Show
September 2013 Open Studio, United South End Artists
July 2013 Danforth Museum Annual Juried Show
June 2013 USEA Invitational Boston City Hall
May 2013 Solo Show Lekker Home
May 2013 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
September 2012 Open Studio, United South End Artists
July 2012 Danforth Museum Annual Juried Show
June 2012 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Arts Boston South End
May 2012 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
September 2011 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2011 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
September 2010 Open Studio, United South End Artists
July 2010 Two Person Show, Caturano and Company, Charlestown MA
June 2010 ArtScope, “Home and Harbor”, show preview
May 2010 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
April 2010 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Boston South End
September 2009 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2009 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
September 2008 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2008 SoWa Art Walk, Boston South End
September 2007 Open Studio, United South End Artists
April 2007 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Boston South End
April 2007 Solo Show Boston Public Library South End Branch
February 2007 Solo Show Salon Mario Russo at Louis of Boston
November 2006 United South End Artists Anniversary Show
September 2006 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2006 Art Walk, SoWa Arts District, Boston South End
October 2005 Solo Show Salon Mario Russo at Louis of Boston
September 2005 Solo Show Michele Mercaldo SoWa Boston South End
September 2005 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2005 Art Walk, SoWa Arts District, Boston South End
September 2004 Open Studio, United South End Artists
May 2004 Art Walk, SoWa Arts District, Boston South End
May 2004 Auros New Music Group, Boston Mass, collaboration & performance at Longy School of Music
April 2004 Boston Globe Magazine Designers Showcase
February 2004 Solo Show Salon Mario Russo at Louis of Boston
September 2003 Open Studio, United South End Artists
September 2003 Group Show: Inner Selections, dk Project Art Boston
May 2003 Group Show: Quiet: State of Stillness, dk Project Art Boston
April 2003 Solo Show Baak Gallery 35 Brattle Street Cambridge
January 2003 Solo Show Maysnow Gallery 450 Harrison Avenue Boston
September 2002 Open Studio, United South End Artists
June 2002 Studio/ Open House
January 2002 Solo Show On the Park, Boston South End
September 2001 Open Studio, United South End Artists
September 2001 Introducing John Vinton, SoWa News
July 2001 Solo Show Salon Mario Russo at Louis of Boston
May 2001 Group Show Brandeis University Post Baccalaureate Annual
April 2001 Solo Show Salon Mario Russo at Louis of Boston
June 2000 Studio/ Open House, Waltham, MA
May 2000 Group Show Brandeis University Post Baccalaureate Annual
1969-1971 Boston Institute of Contemporary Art Representation in ICA “Lending Gallery”
May 1971 “Eight Boston Abstractionists”Thayer Academy, Braintree, MA
May 1971 “Boston after Dark (B.A.D.)”, Art Review, Boston, Massachusetts