Born in New York City in 1953, John spent most of his childhood in central New Jersey, attending local schools including Seton Hall University and Rutgers. He received his BS degree in Landscape Architecture and was employed as a landscape architect with a Northern New Jersey firm, where his duties included the design of major parks and recreational facilities.
Realizing he had an instinctive desire to draw and create, John decided to fulfill his calling. He began to concentrate his energies solely in that direction. After some encouragement from his wife, John entered a local fine art show. The response to his work was overwhelmingly positive. Testing the waters at some New York City exhibitions brought a similar response and he was on his way...
John has been commissioned by many corporationd including the Pepsi Cola Co., IBM, ABC TV, the Dr. Suess estate and the Rockefeller Group as well as individuals to apply his unique style of artwork and creating to their needs. His clients rely on him to develop the concept and execute these creations, the largest to date being a 24' x 10' original composition across the wall of a restaurant. John has since completed other murals in restaurants and company headquarters.
John's drawings and illustrations have been compared to Charles Bragg and Daumier. He depicts his unusual interpretations of common situations and cliches creating complex and sophisticated satirical art pieces. Fanciful lines flow from his pens and pencils in an antic parade. A keen observer of life, John tends to zero in on society's idiosyncratic elements in parcticing his brand of work.
John's work is exhibited in many major galleries both here and abroad. He has written and illustrated children's books, magazine articles and newsletters. He continues to produce limited edition lithographs, etchings and silk screens and is barely able to accomodate the demand for his work. Some of the more notable owners of John's work include Dudley Moore, Lionel Richie, Gerry Herman, Elton John, Shirley Maclaine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Luciano Pavarotti, Barry Manilow, Henry Kissinger and many others. His work has received many awards and notices and is in collections worldwide.
“In 1998 I was thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Gary Larson, the creator of The Far Side. It was truly and ‘interesting’ experience”