"Look Into My Eyes" John McCaskill Opening Reception
Event: “LOOK INTO MY EYES”
ARTIST RECEPTION AND EXHIBITION
Artist: JOHN McCASKILL
Where: LUANA GALLERY AND LOUNGE
FAIRMONT ORCHID, HAWAII
When: SEPTEMBER 13, 2012
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Addtl. Info: Complimentary signature refreshments and pupus
(Open to the public. Complimentary self and valet parking provided)
Exhibit: Open daily until December 9, 2012
Contact: Call 808.345.6200 or visit www.JohnMcCaskill.com
The Fairmont Orchid Resort & the Pacific Island Printmakers invite the public to the opening of John McCaskill’s exhibition, “Look Into My Eyes” featuring portraits in paint and print.
For “Look Into My Eyes”, McCaskill has assembled a collection of new and retrospective paintings and prints that deliberately attempt to reduce the complexity of form and structure found in nature. What is left is a graphic representation of the original image. His finished pieces are simple, bold and powerful. McCaskill states, “I’m striving to strip away everything but what is essential – it’s that point just this side of abstraction”.
Like many of the artists that spawned the Pop Art movement in the 1950s and early 60’s John McCaskill spent his formative years in the advertising and commercial graphics industry. For more than 30 years McCaskill used his experience as an artist and printing specialist to produce dramatic advertising displays for high profile clients like the Gap, Nike and Apple computer. The importance of advertising and pop culture is evident in many of the portraits and artwork shown in “Look Into My Eyes”. McCaskill has been influenced by artists like Warhol, Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns and other Pop artists; however he prefers to feature non-celebrities. “What’s most important to me is a person’s expression and the look in a person’s eyes. The eyes tell a story. They are the gateway to our souls and express the way we feel”.
John McCaskill is the recipient of prestigious 2012 Award of Excellence in Printmaking by the Honolulu Printmakers and his artwork has been collected by individuals worldwide and most recently by the Office of Culture and Art in Honolulu. On the Big Island his work can be seen at Studio Jomac in Kailua-Kona, The Volcano Art Center and at the Living Arts Gallery in Hawi.