The Art League of Hilton Head proudly presents “Art That Makes You Smile: The Gently Surreal Art of John K. Crum.”
John Crum is an expressionist painter of figures and gentle surreal landscapes. His work displays his recognizable narrative themes, diverse subjects, bright color palettes, and bold designs. Building his paintings with several wet-to-dry layers, John creates deep dimensions and details to hold the viewer in wonder and awe. His distinctive subject matter uses subjective perspectives, distorted for emotional effect, evoking different moods, feelings, and ideas.
Crum’s whimsical and graphic work features bright color palettes, bold designs, and, in his own words, “gentle, surreal landscapes” sure to brighten the viewer’s mood. He distorts perspectives in curious, whimsical scenes in order to tell his joyful stories.
“I love to paint themes such as life experiences, romance, love, and the human spirit,” says Crum. “I want to make people smile while taking them on an unexpected and magical journey.”
Crum has enjoyed a long, successful career in illustration, graphic arts, and mural painting.
He graduated from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida in 1973, John came to Hilton Head Island over two decades ago from Bay Village, Ohio. He exhibits his work locally, including The Pluff Mudd Art Gallery in historic Old Town Bluffton.
Crum’s modern expressionism, abstract qualities, and representational painting incorporate his imagination capturing life experiences, romance, love, and the human spirit. Applying his curious and whimsical twists, viewers often comment that his paintings “Make them smile while taking them on an unexpected and magical journey.”
“Your art always makes me smile” is the most frequent comment from collectors and viewers.
The exhibit runs from April 11 to May 13 at Art League Gallery. An artist reception will be held on Wednesday, April 12, 5-7 p.m. Artist’s demonstrations will be held on Monday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 18 at 11 a.m. The exhibit, reception and demonstrations are all free and open to the public. For more information about the show, click HERE
Art League Gallery
14 Shelter Cove Lane
For more information on John, visit his website at www.johncrumart.com.