John McNamara (artist)

John McNamara (born 1950) is an American artiste who was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in 1971 in imitation of a BFA in painting and in 1977 later than an MFA. In 1975, he began teaching painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and remained there until 1983. He established a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship in 1981. Since 1993, he has taught at University of California, Berkeley. He currently lives in Novato CA subsequent to his wife, educator and writer Diane Darrow and sons filmmaker Jeremy McNamara and musician Seamus McNamara.

John McNamara's paintings from the 1980s and 1990s are abstract landscapes. Congestion, in the heap of the Honolulu Museum of Art, is an example of the artist's abstract landscapes that have been described as both sensual and painterly. Although superficially resembling abstract expressionism, vegetation is usefully present. In 1992, McNamara began investigating the connection between painting and photography by affixing photographs and postcards to canvas or wood panels and later proceeding to paint greater than them. The Boston Public Library, the Davis Museum and Cultural Center (Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA), the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park (Lincoln, MA), the Fitchburg Art Museum (Fitchburg, MA), the Honolulu Museum of Art the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Rose Art Museum (Brandeis University, Waltham, MA), the Smith College Museum of Art (Northampton, MA), the Currier Museum of Art (Manchester, NH), the Speed Art Museum (Louisville, KY) and the Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ) are along with the public collections holding perform by John McNamara.

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