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Expressive painting of a street scene in Spain

The Moment

An old Spanish street scene is the setting of this oil painting, but the artist has taken the subject well beyond the ordinary, into the psychological and emotional realm. The painting suggests events that are not depicted, but left to the imagination. A sense of questioning is portrayed. Several paintings shown on the Street Scenes page, and on the Early Works page feature the youth--the boy in the doorway in this painting--as the observer. The boy represents the people-watcher in all of us; the observer of life; the one who learns. To the artist, both figures in this painting are self portraits.

John's current work is mainly landscape painting.