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John E Metcalfe

"As a lifelong resident of Florida, I have always been fascinated by the play of tropical light on vegetation, the water, and the land. It is my muse and a constant source of inspiration. The vision for each of my works is to bring a little more joy into the viewer's life and to explore new ways of depicting the elements of light."

Metcalfe's focus is to depict light in new and unique ways. With each painting, he explores the fundamental elements of light and how the viewer actually sees and interprets color. Metcalfe seeks to mix unconventional color combinations and techniques to provide just enough information to form that image, often reducing the subject to the elements necessary to depict light and infuse motion.

Metcalfe first bends his palette knife in two places, creating a unique multi-surface tool. Next, he covers the white of the primed canvas and develops a textural basis for the following stages of the image. He then layers color after color, using the under-texture of the previous layers to catch smaller and smaller specks of paint until the canvas is complete.

Metcalfe is a self-taught autodidact and has been pointed in the right direction from time to time by other artists and their critiques. It wasn't until Metcalfe received a best of show award for a one-of-a-kind painting that it became apparent he had developed something original enough to pursue as an artist. He then further developed that process, which led to his current eye-popping canvases of joy and color.

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The Path by John E Metcalfe (Acrylic Painting)
The Path
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
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Sunrise
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
The Guardian
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
Elfin Meadow
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 1,600
Coconut Grove
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 600
The Shore
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
The Festival
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
Pink Sky
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
Gone Fishing
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
Sunbeam
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 800
Illumination
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 1,400
Surf Inside
Acrylic Painting
by John E Metcalfe
$ 1,400
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Best in Show 18th Annual Art in Gadsden, Quincy,Florida,USA, Gadsden Art Center, 2006
Featured Artist 21st Annual Art in Gadsden, Quincy,Florida, USA, Gadsden Art Center, 2009
Art in Public Places-Solo Exhibition Artport, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, Tallahassee Regional Airport, 2011
Art in Public Places- Tall Art Project, Tallahassee, Florida, USA, Tallahassee Downtown Development , 2016
Collections
Three Works added to Permanent Collection, The Black Heritage Museum, Quincy, Florida, USA, 2015