John Pitre (born 1942 in New York City) is an American visionary art painter based in Hawaii. He has been called the most bankable bustling American surrealist.
One of John Pitre's best known paintings is A New Dawn, a 1965 bill which shows a innovative human shortened to the status of a caveman accompanied by smoldering urban ruins. This painting, in the weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks on top of thirty five years later, was seen by some as a foreshadowing of what came to be known as the Ground Zero of those events. In 2004, the owner of the original painting, which was valued in 1997 at $1.7 million, offered A New Dawn in trade for a £1 million home on the London real estate market.
John Pitre's art addresses issues such as ecology, overpopulation, responsibility for stewardship of the Earth, the quest to comprehend the mysteries of the universe, and the fragility of sparkle and of relationships. Posters of his paintings were unconditionally popular in the 1960s and 1970s and one of them, a print of his painting Restrictions, has sold several million copies.
John Pitre studied at the Art Students League of New York and has lived and worked in Hawaii for three decades. With his wife Patricia, his ex-wife Ginette and their performer daughters Dawn Pitre and Tanya Joy, he is the supervisor of Pitre Fine Arts in Honolulu.