"We were brought up to believe that we should make some contribution to the world, to leave something behind which would survive us, or to make the world a better place in which to live." John St. John signature

John St. John - the Artist

From printed information I received from Mr. St. John's gallery in Solvang, California in 1984.

Born in Oak Park, Illinois, John St. John graduated from the University of Kentucky, he was a Maxell Fellow at Syracuse University and he received a M.S. from there.

During three years of professional training in art, Mr. St. John studied with Jerry Farnsworth, Eliot O'Hara, Dong Kingman, Vaclav Vytlacil, Jose Gutierrez and others.

In regional and national competitions, his works have been hung in the Ringling Museum of Art, Atlanta, the J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, The Evansville Museum, Indiana among others.

Mr. St. John's works are included in the permanent collections of:

  • Museo de Arte, Ponce, Puerto Rico
  • Museum Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York
  • Palacio Nacional, Cartegena, Colombia
  • Knox College, Galesburg, Illinois
  • Escuela de Bellas Artes, Lima, Peru
  • Catholic University of Puerto Rico
  • Arts-in-the-Embassy Program, U.S. State Dept.
His many public murals include five commissioned by Coral Gables, he has executed six murals for the commonwealth of Kentucky, among these public works is the first exterior monumental mural on a public building in the United States - A History of Florida. It is 350 feet in length and three stories high on the campus of the University of Miami.

"Painting reflects the purest freedom of a soaring spirit unbound, search for adventure truth and reality with Integrity, courage and independence..... seeking to touch the spirit of another" - Quote from "Visions of Reality in oil paintings"

All of Mr. St. John's paintings are executed only with the painting knife. His oils of cities, mountains, trees and the sea are often carried from reality through abstraction to almost non-objectivity.