John D’Antonio is considered to be one of leading representational artists in America today. Schooled at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Arts Student’s League in New York, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania and the Hun School of Princeton, D’Antonio’s art and philosophy have been shaped by a diverse group of influences. Academicism, Modernism and Photorealist development of the 1970s have guided John down a self fulfilling path of success in Contemporary Fine Art. John D’Antonio reveals an uncanny eye for detail combined with the gifted talent for composition, color and light. John's work, along with his diverse subject matter, allows the viewer to understand where we have been, where we are and where we are going as a society. Precision and clarity give his paintings an edgy yet entrancing quality. The high impact feel captures the energy and mystery of his subjects. D'Antonio was exposed to some of the most prominent artists in modern time, early in his career. When starting the Hun School Princeton (1970), John was introduced to a classmate’s father, Roy Lichtenstein. One of the most widely renowned pop artists in the world, D’Antonio immediately gained a sense of how creativity and interpretation of stereotype subjects could be expressed in extraordinary ways. D’Antonio then attended the Rhode Island School of Design, (1971), where he witnessed the techniques of noted graphic designer Richard Merkin (shown on the albulm cover for the Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967). While at RISD, D’Antonio met internationally acclaimed sculptor Louise Nevelson. This pioneer of environmental sculpture in the twentieth century visited with D'Antonio during classroom instruction leaving a lasting impression of how scale could be used to effect an aura of mystery that would capture the public imagination for years. It was also at RISD where he painted with colleague David Savage, grandson of Man Ray, internationally acclaimed Cubist, Dadaist, and Surrealist. Seeing a private collection of Man Ray’s work, D’Antonio was struck by the artist’s lack of concern with the traditional and “Craft”. Man Ray' is the most significant maker of camera-less photographs in the 1920s and 1930s. D’Antonio graduated from Lehigh University in 1976. He attended the Art Students League where he studied under Xavier Gonzales a leading instructor known for his large mural paintings; as well as mentoring past students and friends, including Jackson Pollock and Leroy Neiman, (1980). Many of these artists had an impact on D’Antonio’s attitude, point of view, and general philosophy regarding creativity.
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