“Gangrene” | John Haverty | May 13 – July 15, 2017
Hervé Lancelin gallery is pleased to announce the first exhibition in Luxembourg by the American artist John Haverty. His works draw inspiration in various artists such as Dieric Bouts, Hieronymus Bosch and Salvador Dali. The artist is the example of the new generation of artists who refer to their own concerns about the human impact on nature. John Haverty is an artist balancing a career as a Crew Chief for American Airlines. He spent that past few years traveling through the USA creating paintings in and out of airport break rooms and hotels. He has spent the past few years exhibiting mainly his work around the USA.
Using the paper as favorite medium for his large-scale drawings, he prefers the traditional tools such as ballpoint pens and watercolors to create within a more painterly presentation. His bright and colourful works are stylistically closely linked to illustration and sketch. The main subject of work remains the way human behavior negatively affects our planet. The visual impact matters.
Haverty’s work refers to his own experience as a global citizen. As he explains, his “art, like the infection, presents an ambiguous visual feast that sheds light on problems vexing society such as unchecked population growth, over consumption, pollution and war that we have come to accept as the norm”. Haverty liberates the images from their initial context and rearrange them in a different way. Even if the global construction can be visually understood, each image is densely painted and the details of each section are not immediately revealed to the spectators. The viewer needs to take some time in order to identify all the little aspects and elements of each single drawing.
John Haverty’s large-scale watercolor drawings often have a provocative and direct effect on the spectator. The artist is deeply concerned with contemporary lifestyle and globalization. He invites us to question ourselves and think about our day-to-day behavior. Are we acting and doing things well? Discussions around globalization and its negative consequences are of central importance to John Haverty’s work. The emotions induced by his works are silent but strong.
In 2013, he started working on his main project. An on-going collage titled Gangrene consisting of watercolor and ballpoint pen drawings cut out and grouped together to create bigger and impressive drawing. A large fresco that is visually shocking, a work that grips the eye. Currently, the collage stretches 42 feet long and 9 feet high, and is growing every month. Similar to the Gangrene, his works give the feeling that “if left unchecked these issues will destroy us. The huge collage presents as an untreated wound, manifesting and devouring the vacuous space that surrounds it”. One piece of this impressive collage – Circus (2015) – was selected as the winner artwork for the 2016 edition of the Luxembourg Art Prize among 10 finalists coming from all around the world. Some additional parts will be presented during the exhibition.
Born in 1986, John Haverty grew up in Boston, USA. He obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, Massachusetts (2010) and a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Georgia (2015). He now lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. John Haverty has been included in several group exhibitions in the USA especially at The Boston Center for the Arts (2016). He is also part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Drawing of Skopje, Macedonia. His works have been exhibited around the USA and featured in a number of magazines such as High Fructose, New American Paintings, Direct Art, American Illustration, Collector’s zone and ANDY à Luxembourg. John Haverty won several awards and he participated to many group exhibitions in the USA. Now, he comes to Luxembourg to confront his work to the European public.
Galerie Hervé Lancelin, 7 rue Michel Rodange, L-2430 Luxembourg