Past Exhibitions Biography CV Statement Press
John Dempcy grew to find the environment of the Pacific Northwest to be a source of inspiration to his burgeoning creative endeavors. For John, art has always been a natural way to express a deep emotional tie to the area and its intricate web of life. Referencing the physical and life sciences, his work strives to reflect the interconnectedness of complex systems while conveying a sense of the beauty and mystery inherent in the unfolding process of life.
Dempcy’s representation of grids and dripping motifs simulates strumming a chord on guitar, the painted lines like the strings of an instrument, brushstrokes interrupting the variant colors, working back and forth with shades of blue and yellow, red and green layering and building emotion like a musical interlude. Each band signifies a frequency or sound waves that exalts a synchronous palette.
Before beginning a piece he pores through books examining microbiology, music, or quantum physics, his art then becomes an imaginative map of transient discovery. He allows the act of painting to be preeminent, threads of ideas developing from a deeply subconscious place.
“I come to my work with ideas I’ve considered or developed and try to realize them in a painting. It usually fails. There is always a struggle and I find it is often with my ego pressing for a particular outcome. It is when I surrender my conceit, let the subconscious take over, and just respond to the paint and color that I find discovery and resolution in a painting.”