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I Me Me Mine; About Me


Oct 10 2009

John R Redmond

Canadian born artist residing in Ottawa, Canada

John Redmond's work is fluid. He creates pure abstract and abstract land/waterscapes by an action pour, splatter and spray technique. Seldom does Redmond use a brush. Accidentally on purpose is his method. He employs the flow of waterborne acrylic paint to form layers of texture and blended colour.

Redmond's paintings are often delicate. Others are bold and surreal. Redmond expresses images of clouds, mist, storms over wilderness forests and lakes, waves, seas, under water worlds and gentle or wild wind blown rains.  Some paintings are filled with phantasmic imagery. Splashes of colour on canvas and the movement of water build his distinctive style. Whatever artistic vocabulary Redmond employs his expressive paintings are to be seen, felt and touched.

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30” x 24” x 1/2” acrylic painting on canvas by John R Redmond

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Applying acrylic paint with an almost watercolour method over his textured base, Redmond reveals moods reflecting the rhythmic pulse of the fluid world in which we live. Viewers are drawn to Redmond’s abstract imagery because they recognize in his work the flow of something which they themselves are. His multi-dimensional paintings evoke an experience of inner and outer reality. The viewer is welcomed into a painting and urged to create along with the artist.

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30” x 24” x 1/2” acrylic painting on canvas by John R Redmond

Redmond paints for joy, sanity, self-development and the expression of beauty. His art reflects a life long interest in world religion, philosophy and psychology. A special interest in East Asian thought considerably influences his artist expression. Redmond’s experience and love of Canadian wilderness is also evident in his paintings.

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Acrylic paintings by John R Redmond at Galerie 240, Ottawa

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His paintings have been shown at Ottawa’s local galleries and art venues. Masks created by Redmond appeared at the National Art Centre in Opera Lyra’s production of Mozart’s ‘The Magic Flute’. Life sized puppets designed and created by Redmond have been a part of professional performances in Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto and New York City.

Redmond was born and raised in the Montreal area. He moved to Ottawa to attend university and is a long time resident of Ottawa. He holds a B.A. in Religion from Carleton University, a B.Ed. from University of Ottawa, and is also a Montessori trained teacher. Currently Redmond teaches in public school at the elementary K-6 level in Ottawa.

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40” x 30” 1/2” acrylic painting on canvas by John R Redmond

Redmond studied Fine Arts while attending Carleton University, Ottawa. University courses included study of North American Native Art, and Asian traditions of Buddhist and Hindu Art.

This artist strives for a balance between action and quietude. Redmond began practicing yoga and meditation while enrolled in a Pure and Applied Science program at John Abbott College, St. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec. During this period he also began a life long interest in the martial arts. His athletic endeavours have included marathon and ultra-marathon distance running. He has completed 20 such races. He was a core team member of several Cross-Canada running relay teams. Redmond has assisted with the instruction of young martial artists and has taught yoga and meditation in the Ottawa area. In October 2004 Redmond completed the Toronto C.N. Tower Stair Climb (1776 stairs) in 18 minutes 30 seconds.

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28” x 20” x 1/2” acrylic painting on canvas by John R Redmond

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24” x 20” x 1/2” acrylic painting on canvas by John R Redmond

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Acrylic paintings by John R Redmond at Galerie 240, Ottawa

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You will Redmond find on stage in the Ottawa area singing some Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, J.J. Cale or Lennon tunes. He also enjoys writing and performing his own songs, accompanying himself on guitar.  Redmond views his music, his dynamic physical activities and the quietude of yoga and meditation as complementary. This sense of action and silence is expressed through his paintings.

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John Redmond

Ottawa, Canada

John Redmond Art

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