John Ballantyne, ‘Plumbing Tools’, 1995-2011, Odon Wagner Contemporary

About John Ballantyne

Although he began his work as an abstract Color Field painter in the manner of Barnett Newman and Richard Diebenkorn, John Ballantyne has developed into a painter of naturalistic scenes, typically of civic buildings and interiors. This transition isn’t as radical as it may at first seem, and elements of his previous interest are still visible in his present work: brick walls, blue skies, windows, and floors still provide broad expanses of color, arranged according to the geometry of city planning and architecture. Much of his subject matter concerns the buildings and rooms found in the small towns near his home, such as local curling clubs, fairgrounds, and lighthouses. In many of these, his spare depiction of midcentury architecture and natural space recalls painters such as Edward Hopper and photographers like Paul Strand.

Canadian, b. 1944