Through my paintings, I capture the energy of my natural surrounding.
John DuVal started drawing at a young age, eventually studying Figure Drawing at Rutgers University. However, his painting career started with a trip to Florence, Italy - where he studied oil painting with a local artist for several months. This was the first time he picked up a brush, and he's been hooked ever since.
His biggest influences are Sargent, Wyeth, and Turner. After seeing an exhibit of Sargent's watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum, John decided to devote his focus entirely to watercolor. John creates with the philosophy that a painting is an illusion, meant to evoke feeling. He's constantly experimenting and pushing his ideas of landscape and figurative art.
For him, painting is about conveying energy and spontaneity. To keep his work fresh, John often enjoys painting plein air - outside, direct from the subject.
John’s paintings are collected internationally, with private collectors in Ireland, Canada, France, Dubai, and the United States.
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Local artists - Hoboken Girl: https://hobokengirl.com/local-hoboken-artists-paintings/
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Group Show, 875 3rd Ave, New York, NY - March, 2019
St. Gabriel, group show, Saddle River, NJ - December, 2018
John Doe Gallery, Brooklyn, NY - July, 2017
Jersey Wine, Jersey City - September, 2016
Imago, Hoboken - November, 2015
Hoboken Artist Studio Tour - November, 2015
RAW Artists of NJ - September, 2014