John De Puy: Painter of the Apocalyptic Volcano of the World
TO JOHN DE PUY
Madman and seer,
painter of the apocalyptic volcano of the world—
Compañero, I am with you forever
in the glorious fraternity of the damned.
The two greatest influences on my work have been Expressionism and the Southwest. Expressionism has influenced me as a tradition, beginning with Van Gogh and continuing through the German Expressionists. In this tradition, I translate visual experience into an inner expression. The Southwest landforms and its native people are the immediate source of my work. This land speaks of another time sense than our Western European lineal time. It is the land, its myths and dreams of wholeness, that nourish me. —John De Puy
The expressionist paintings of John De Puy conjure a sense of a life spent striving to capture the spiritual in art. While De Puy exhibited with many Taos Moderns, he is a passionate rebel at heart who never entirely adopted the label. The artist has remained true to a vow he made with writer Edward Abbey: De Puy would chronicle the Southwest through painting and Abbey through writing. De Puy continues painting the landscapes of the Southwest to this day.
The Harwood Museum exhibition features John De Puy's large oil canvases and works on paper.