Tuesday, October 12, 2010

(Social) Realism: Granada Art

Eric Johnn

Eric Johnn was born in northern Grenada in the village of Mt. Rose, St. Patrick's. As time went on, the artwork of Eric Johnn took on new form and shape, and so did the political as well as social dimension of Grenada. At 17, he won a scholarship to study painting at Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela. The exposure in Venezuela helped motivate the youngster to paint more and to experiment with different art mediums.

His work captures every major facet of Grenadian life. The island being the lush, exotic and agricultural gem it is, provided the ambitious young painter a wealth of opportunity to paint fish vendors- nutmeg and mangoes, gossiping women, a rum shop masterpiece, an old man relaxing with his dog and yard fowl next to him or a scene at the beach. When in 1983 Grenada became the center of international intrigue because of a US-Led invasion. The canvas of Eric Johnn depicted that event in vivid form.

Eric Johnn now lives in New York City, but despite the glamour of big city life, his paintings still reflect the charm and calm of beautiful Grenada.In 1997 Eric Johnn graduated with honors from the prestigious School of Visual Arts in New York City with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. In 1999 he earned a Master's degree in art from Lehman College in the Bronx. Eric now works with the Department of Education of New York City as an art teacher and art consultant.

World (Social) Realist Art (Index of Countries)
This blog page is part of an ongoing project by artist and part-time lecturer Caoimhghin Ó Croidheáin (http://gaelart.net/) to explore Realist / Social Realist art from around the world. The term Realism is used in its broadest sense to include 19th century Realism and Naturalism as well as 20th century Impressionism (which after all was following in the path of Courbet and Millet). Social Realism covers art that seeks to examine the living and working conditions of ordinary people (examples include German Expressionism, American Ashcan School and the Mexican Muralists).

Click here for (Social) Realist Art Definitions, World (Social) Realism and Global Solidarity, Art and Politics, Social Realism in history and Country Index.

Suggestions for appropriate artists from around the world welcome to caoimhghin@yahoo.com.

1 comment:

easyplankin said...

beautiful, inspiring work