(“The Alchemy of Love Songs”, John Shipman 2007, Acrylic on paper. 9″x8″ – Limited Edition print available at BlueFlip Art)

With influences and inspiration that range from the Beatles, George Harrison, Miniature Hindu paintings, his wife, and surrealist Spanish painter Remedios Varo, John Shipman says his main source of inspiration isn’t one specific thing, but more from an emotion -Love. “Nothing can put a more sincere smile on someones face than love, (in it’s many forms), and I cannot think of any other subject matter for my art that would be as fulfilling.”

For more than 15 years, Shipman’s visions have been placed in frames, on walls, in galleries and private collections, and from one end of this country to the other. His exhibitions have been spotted from the Carolinas to Massachusetts, and from PA to LA, and seemingly all points in between. Lately, he’s recently completed a project at the VisArts Center in Rockville, MD, called “Love Comes to Everyone“, for the Harriet Lesser curated Zapp! show, and is currently working on new mural projects in Nashville and Delaware.

So why has he been so successful? Look at the work. At the heart of his passion and craft, is the whimsical and beautiful nature of the subject. His treatment for each project evokes thought, creativity, and fun. I really dig this guy’s work, and while the formal website is a work in progress, check out the flickr page, and keep your schedule open for February. In 2008, John is co-curating a show entitled “Sweet: The Graphic Beauty of the Contemporary Rock Poster.” at UMD, in College Park. and is also setting up the Sweet Booth, in which the artists themselves are selling some of the incredible art/rock posters, in conjunction with the show. and yes, it’s 3+ months away, but I just wanted to put it on your radars, because it, like the creative scene in DC, is not just coming, but is already here, and is everyday preparing to take off. -kk

{Sweet. The Art Gallery presents
the graphic beauty of the
contemporary rock poster.
The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland
February 6 – April 5, 2008

Opening reception Wednesday, February 6, 2008 5-7 PM}