John Neumann

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John
Neumann
Desert Hot Springs
California

College of Artesia, 1970 -71
University Of Albuquerque, 1971 - 74 BFA
Scuolo Politecnica di Desegno di Milano, Italy, 1974 - 75
Served apprenticeship with Albert Wein, Sculptor, 1975 - 76
Assistant to Roy Gussow, Sculptor, 1976 - 77

General Information

Born in Frankfurt Germany 1952 Immigrated to United States in 1957.

Neumann majored in fine art at the University of Albuquerque, New Mexico in 1970-1974 where he received a BFA. He continued his studies at Scuolo Politecnica de Desegno de Milano 1974-1975. Upon returning to the states, served an apprenticeship with sculptor Albert Wein from 1975-1976 working with him on the Libby Dam project. In 1977-1978 served as an assistant to New York sculptor Roy Gussow.

Worked in several foundries and fabrication facilities from the late 70s through the mid 80s. Started his own fabrication company in 1984. Has worked directly with a number of artists fabricating their sculpture including - Marjorie Strider, Leslie Dor, Robert Goodnough, Del Geist, Clement Meadmore and Elbert Weinberg.

Moved to Mojave, CA in 1998 bought and renovated a house. In 2005 designed and built new home and studio in Mojave, CA.

Neumann began exhibiting in the early seventies, and has shown his work in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, California and Italy. Neumann has work in private collections throughout the United States, and is also represented in collections in Brazil, Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Japan.

Neumann Has completed numerous commissions including his most recent one for the new Senior Center in the City of Indio, CA completed and installed in March of 2010.

Statement/Mission

Influences

The schools/movements, which have most influenced my work are Abstract Expressionism, Constructivism and Cubism. Some of my favorite artists are Julio Gonzales, Alexander Archipenko, Alexander Calder, Anthony Caro, David Smith and Henry Moore. The lessons I learned from these influences are simplification of form, economy of line, the importance of negative space, and from Calder, a sense of wonder and playfulness.

Material

I choose to work directly in metal because it allows me to achieve results that would be impossible in wood or stone.

What I Seek To Express In My Work

Every piece of work has it's own meaning, but underlying that I strive to achieve a sense of movement and energy. By putting the various elements in conflict with one another, I hope to create the tension needed to achieve this goal. I hope that viewers experience a sense of optimism and the feeling that there is a certain nobility in man.

News/Notes

Exhibits

Current/Past Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Meyer Fine Art, San Diego, CA
1992 Art in Public Places, - Putnam County Office Building, Carmel, NY
1992 Westchester Gallery, Westchester County Center, White Plains, NY
1978 Main House Gallery, Yonkers, NY

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2009 Perry L Meyer Fine Art, San Diego, CA
2009 Jet Gallery, San Diego, CA
2009 Palm Springs Art Museum, Palm Springs, CA
2009 / 2008 Red Dot Gallery, Palm Springs, CA
2008 James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
2008 / 2007 Eleonore Austerer Gallery, Palm Desert, CA
2007 Coleman Gallery Contemporary Art, Albuquerque, NM
2007/2006 La Plante Gallery, Albuquerque, NM
2009/2008 Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA
2007/2006/2005 Lancaster Museum/Art Gallery, Lancaster, CA
2002/2001/2000 Axis Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1999/1998 Axis Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1998/1997/1996 Nardin Gallery, Somers, NY & New York, NY
1995 Maquettes & Drawings, Nardiin Gallery, Somers, NY
1996/1995/1994 Axis Fine Art, Philadelphia, PA
1994 Summer Sculpture Festival, Nardin Gallery, Somers, NY
1994/1993/1992 Alan Brown Gallery, Hartsdale, NY
1993 Sculpture by Seven - Invitational, Butler Sculpture Park, Sheffield, MA
1993 Auction in the Park - Invitational, Butler Sculpture Park, Sheffield, MA
1993 New England Fine Arts Institute, Boston, MA
1993/1992 Arras Gallery II, Trump Tower, New York, NY
1992 Gallimafry, Croton on Hudson, NY
1992 Putnam Arts Council's - Juried - Indoor/Outdoor Sculpture Show,
Belle Levine Art Center, Mahopac, NY
1992/1991 Crystal Gallery, Mahopac, NY
1991 77th Juried Exhibition, New Rochelle Art Association, New Rochelle, NY
1981/1980/1979 Schulman Sculpture Forum, White Plains, NY
1978 Ehrlich Gallery, New York, NY
1972 La Mesa Verde, Albuquerque, NM