John Kowalczyk was born in Chicago Illinois in 1988. He received his BFA in painting for the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design and currently lives and works in Milwaukee. During his time in school, Kowalczyk was able to be the winter artist in resident for the Around the Coyote Gallery in Chicago in 2007. He also founded the 3F gallery with five of his peers. Since receiving his degree John is now an artist in resident with RedLine Milwaukee. His work is comprised of mixed media paintings that incorporate vintage fabrics, thrift store treasures, glitter, and gold. Inspired by Folk art to Op and Pop art, his canvases drip with high brow kitsch; taking on an almost shrine-like and sacred attitude. The separate elements of his collaged paintings truly transcend themselves to become more than the sum of their parts, they become a whole and Kowalczyk senses something spiritual in this.
About RedLineRedLine Milwaukee, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is an urban laboratory that seeks to nourish the individual practice of contemporary art and to stimulate the creative potential of the local community to which we are linked. Through residency, education, outreach and challenging exhibition programs with a focus on social justice, RedLine inspires and impacts new generations of cultural and civic transformers.
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RedLine Milwaukee Educational Programs
19 September 2014 2:46 PM | No Comments
RedLine Milwaukee offers public workshops, educational art classes, outreach programs, designed to reach diverse audiences of all ages. Educational participants respond to the socially relevant content of RedLine Milwaukee exhibitions through integrated arts experiences. By using art to explore social issues, participants reflect on how […]Read More
Junkyard Essays Sept. 4 – Oct. 18
02 September 2014 10:25 AM | No Comments
Junkyard Essays, a photo essay installation, is a mixed media project incorporating images and stories from a salvage yard in New Jersey. The project was born from three things: an admiration for the art of the workingman, the nature of storytelling in all its various […]Read More
TIMELINE and Existentialism, Resident Artist Exhibitions
20 July 2014 12:17 PM | No Comments
RedLine Milwaukee is excited about its newest exhibitions, opening Gallery Night, July 25, 2014 from 6-9pm. Exhibitions run through August 30, 2014. TIMELINE features the ten RedLine resident artists, and Existentialism is the inaugural exhibition for RedLine’s teen residency program, featuring six young artists. […]Read More
Need a Studio Space?
30 May 2014 2:02 PM | No Comments
Calling all artists! Applications now being accepted for September 1, 2014 entry into the RedLine Milwaukee Artists’ in Residency Program. Application found on line at http://www.redlineartmke.org/artists-in-residence-2/. Applications due August 1. Early decision application due July 1. Studio space, mentoring, exhibition opportunities, and more. Apply early!Read More
27 April 2014 8:34 AM | No Comments
Printmaking has never been so delicious. Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Annual Screen Printed Pancake Breakfast event! And a special thanks to the volunteers, resident artists and staff who helped make this event a success.Read More
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