Thursday, December 11, 2008

Artist in Wood

John Long calls himself an "artist in wood", and that’s not hyperbole. A self-taught artist with no formal training, John creates masterful wall sculptures from old weathered barn boards. His unique work combines his obvious appreciation for New England architecture with superb design skills and excellent workmanship.

John uses only “as found” materials. He uses the wood’s naturally weathered colors to render his compositions and its naturally weathered textures to create the illusion of depth and perspective. His work is both decorative and artistic.

And what a paradox that while John uses antique materials to depict antique buildings, his work has a stark graphic quality that is fresh and contemporary.

John exhibits at art and craft shows throughout New England. You can also see and purchase his work on his website at

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