Photograph of Artist JOHN TIERNEY
JOHN TIERNEY
Dudley, Massachusetts - United States



Original Artworks (8)

John Tierney; Tselote, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 45 x 65 inches. Artwork description: 241 Early light, not quite awake, dreamhaze...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2020
45 x 65 inches (114.3 x 165.1 cm)
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John Tierney; Strand, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 35 x 35 cm. Artwork description: 241 Grounded yet freeflowing like walking by the sea...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2020
35 x 35 cm (13.8 x 13.8 inches)
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John Tierney; Blue Hills, 2020, Original Painting Oil, 60 x 40 cm. Artwork description: 241 Always on the horizon...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2020
60 x 40 cm (23.6 x 15.7 inches)
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John Tierney; Summerbarn, 2015, Original Painting Oil, 38 x 34 inches. Artwork description: 241  abstract landscape blue cobalt expressive New England Massachusetts rural...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2015
38 x 34 inches (96.5 x 86.4 cm)
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John Tierney; Totem, 2015, Original Painting Oil, 88 x 150 cm. Artwork description: 241  abstract landscape painting diptych lyrical white, ochre yellowcrete chania john tierney painter oil perfect intense color investment art pagan massachusetts indigenous abstract ...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2015
88 x 150 cm (34.6 x 59.1 inches)
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John Tierney; Les Heures , 2015, Original Painting Oil, 90 x 70 cm. Artwork description: 241  abstract landscape painting diptych lyrical red, ochre crete chania john cobalt bluetierney painter oil perfect linen intense color investment art pagan massachusetts indigenous abstract ...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2015
90 x 70 cm (35.4 x 27.6 inches)
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John Tierney; Kokkinohorio, 2009, Original Painting Oil, 28 x 34 inches. Artwork description: 241  oil on canvas, cadmium yellow and cadmium red dominate this jousting target. ...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2009
28 x 34 inches (71.1 x 86.4 cm)
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John Tierney; Kabye, 2008, Original Painting Oil, 46 x 54 inches. Artwork description: 241  another life. . .  ...
John Tierney
Original Oil Painting, 2008
46 x 54 inches (116.8 x 137.2 cm)
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Artist Statement


The paintings I make are charts of wanderings; what I mean by that is: you can wander around a painting and have, at least sometimes, a feeling of recognition of the place where you are. But the place can shift into a new location, you lose your bearings and then find yourself by intuition. You don't know how you got there, but you know where you are. There are well-beaten tracks and waymarkings that appear familiar.
When I set off on a new canvas, white, pristine, in the morning, I often think why should I want to mess this up? It's like an empty mirror, but when the first few marks are made, it changes. It has direction, it begins to beckon you. Making the decision to start is the important thing, it doesn't seem to matter what you do. Disparate things can be united, related somehow. Dialogue begins. You're conscious of what is going on in one direction, but a lot is happening along the wayside.

Contrasts are important: for example, organic versus geometric. Organic forms arise from memory. There is the energy of the life form against the rectangle of geometric space.

Color is used emotionally. One is pulled into it or set upon by it.

My major concern is to face this "wall" and apply paint so as to both respect the wall and create recesses in it. I feel I would like to sculpt the painting, to cut caves into the wall and thus create a certain presence of emergent life.


John Tierney






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