John Lloyd Bio
My paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums
throughout the Northeast and in Europe, including the Andre
Wauters Gallery, the Ligoa Duncan Gallery, the Atlantic
Gallery, the Right Bank Gallery, and The Open Center, New
York City; the Delaware Art Museum, Wilmington; and the
Oriveden Opisto, Orivesi, Finland.
I received a BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine
Arts, Tufts University
I was born in Kyoto, Japan,, where my parents and
grandparents were missionaries. I lived in Kyoto and
Yokkaichi for 12 years, going to public schools and became
deeply immersed in Japanese culture. My playground was the
rice paddies enveloping the house where I was raised, and
the park surrounding a Shinto shrine in the neighborhood.
Growing up in the Far East and later adapting to life in
the United States has lead me to a continual study of art
and culture from around the world, particularly folk art
and traditional devotional art.
My paintings are often set in places where 2 worlds meet;
rooftops where architecture joins the larger expanse of the
clouds, stars, and the beyond; and the seashore where we
can literally walk from dry land into the element of water.
I am interested in the places where nature returns to our
lives: the weeds in the vacant lot, or the animals in our
dreams. My paintings capture the puzzling human community
of city streets, full of conflict and joy.
The density of the images originate from my passion for
music and interest in recreating the rhythm, harmonies and
layers of counterpoint that are expressed in sound. My
paintings evoke feelings, stories and all the colors that
come through the music that I love to listen to.