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“A painting may start out with a well planned idea or no real clear direction at all. In either case, during the ‘process’ of creation, a concept becomes visual and tangible. Like it or not, the artist’s understanding of art history and the artist’s awareness of the current avant-garde are also factors. And finally, there is the painting itself. I am interested in the visual dialogue between all of these. In the end, artistic judgment and the ability to listen with your eyes to what the painting is saying, trusting the painting, following its rhythm and working in tandem with it – all these help the artist and art become one.”

John Borys, Artist Statement


LINE IS EVERYTHING. We perceive the world through edges. Edges give boundary and shape to our universe. Lines punctuate one object in space from another. The horizon line keeps us in balance. Lines communicate tones like calmness or frenzy. Lines can be hard. Lines can be soft. Lines can be wispy and firm, energetic and rhythmic. Everyday we experience a sea of mechanical lines– Maps, letters, signs, text messages, stock scrolls, wires, highways, spreadsheets, skyscrapers, and of course representational art. Our typical experience with the drawn line is swamped by representational and symbolic uses. I want to get past line just looking like something or literally saying something. The emotional quality, the essence of the line, the compositional relationships of line - is what my work is about.

John Borys, Recent Work: Line as Subject


BEHIND THE VEIL, 65” X 72,” ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2011


DIPTYCH, 32" X 16," ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2010


NEGATION, 93.5" X 42", ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2010


MATISSE DREAMS, 47" X 35," 2010, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS


PARALLAX, 47" X 35.5," 2010, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS


UNHARVESTED, 35" X 26.5," ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 2010


CONTINUUM, ACRYLIC ON CANVAS, 74" X 45," 2008


“WHAT I DREAM OF IS AN ART OF BALANCE.” Henri Matisse “I’LL PLAY IT AND TELL YOU WHAT IT IS LATER.” Miles Davis 2013 Mary Tomas Gallery, Dallas, Texas 2012 Modmedia artists group show, Austin East Studio Tour Illume GALLERIE 2011 Illume GALERIE, Dallas, Texas Texas Mod Artists Group Show, October 14- 28th, Illume GALERIE, Dallas, Texas Authenticity, Gallery, Lakeway, Texas 2009 The Whole Picture, Museum Towers, Houston, Texas 2008 Transition from Creative Director, to Fine Artist Private Collection, Singapore Private Collection, Aberdeen, Scotland Private Collection, Houston, Texas Private Collection, Los Angeles, California 1990 - 2007 Creative Director, NW Ayer, EJL, Point 3 Communications 1980- 1990 Art Director, Bozell, DBB&H, Levinson, Levinson &Hill, 1979 Bachelor of Fine Arts, North Texas State University, Advertising, Fine Art 713.416.8422 info@johnborys.com www.johnborys.com/fineart Studio, in Austin Texas


Line As Subject, John Borys, American Contemporary Artist.  

John Borys grew up in Dallas, Texas. He received a B.F.A. in Advertising and Fine Art from North Texas State University. Borys then went on...

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