Artist: John Dempsey | Location: Hillsborough, NC
Take Place: Contemporary Landscapes
September 23 - November 12, 2022
These large-scale, contemporary landscape paintings are composed to confront a variety of our shared environments and perspectives all together and at once. An assortment of spaces are brought together for the purpose of an immediate experience of place, and for comparison.
We experience our environment sequentially by immersion and over real time—temporally and causally. Moving through a collage of industrial, post-industrial, modern, and postmodern environments, we must work to resolve our understanding of landscape and nature within this episodic experience of place. These compositions are offered in order to visually explore and chronicle this complex dynamic.
Born in Detroit, John Dempsey lived and worked in Flint, Michigan, for over 25 years. He maintained a studio, taught painting, drawing, and design at Mott Community College, and was an adjunct drawing instructor at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit until he moved his painting studio to Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Dempsey earned a BFA from Michigan State University and an MFA from Central Washington University in Ellensberg, Washington. He also studied painting at Wayne State University and Arizona State University.
His work is included in the collections of the Flint Institute of Art and the South Bend Museum of Art and is represented in various corporate and public art commissions including the Pfizer Co., Groton, Connecticut, and the General Motors SPO Headquarters, Grand Blanc, Michigan.
In 2014, he was the recipient of the Delta award at the 53rd Greater Michigan Art Exhibition.Artist Website