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JOHN FOLSOM

John Folsom is a mixed media artist born and raised in Paducah, Kentucky. He combines photography with traditional paint media that reference the sublime painters of the nineteenth century to create “ideal landscapes” that conjure a personal sense of place.

In Folsom’s work, the representational landscape becomes alluringly fictional. By presenting a place through the lens of yearning and romanticism, he invites viewers to move the images beyond their specific geography to a place born of personal memory, drawing on the idea of the memento or travel keepsake. In this way, the artwork does not exist in the real world, but is in fact dependent upon the viewers’ own history and experience to achieve its sense of place.

His photographs are altered, scanned, de-saturated and further enhanced with other media such as paint, encaustic and tar to achieve the fictionalized and self-consciously nostalgic final images. His work promotes the natural environment as a repository for introspective thought, intrinsicly advcocating for conservation.

Folsom completed the Banff International Arts Residency in 2007, from whence many of his images stem geographically, as well as from the Pacific Northwest. His work has been exhibited extensively throughout North America and can be found in collections around the world, including the Christoph Merian Foundation in Basel, Switzerland; the Hunter Museum of American Art in Chattanooga, Tennessee; the Tennessee State Museum in Nashville, Tennessee; the Fulton County Arts Council in Atlanta, Georgia; as well as many private collections.

John Folsom lives in Atlanta and has been exhibiting with Besharat Gallery since 2010.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011               Marietta Museum of Art, Summering At The End of Empire, Marietta, Georgia

2010               Gibbes Museum of Art – Lure of the Low Country, Charleston, South Carolina

U.S. Ambassador to Africa. Art in Embassies Exhibition, African Union, Ethiopia

New Zones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary Canada

Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee  Year Without A Summer 1816

2009               Lanoue Fine Art –  Kaaterskill:  Selected PIctures from an Imagined  Wilderness,

Boston Massachusetts

2008               New Zones –  Souvenirs , Calgary, Canada

Fay Gold Gallery – Lure of the Low Country , Atlanta, Georgia

2007               Lanoue Fine Art – Canopy , Boston, Massachusetts

Zeitgeist Gallery – Canopy , Nashville, Tennessee

2006               Fay Gold Gallery – Strangescapes , Atlanta, Georgia

Blue Gallery – solo exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

2005               New Zones  – Hurricane Ridge , Calgary, Canada

Cumberland Gallery – solo exhibition, Nashville, Tennessee

Museum Works Gallery – “Defining Nature”, group exhibition, Los Angeles, California

2004               Fay Gold Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

2003               Volunteer State College – solo exhibition, Gallatin, Tennessee

The Etherton Gallery – invitational group exhibition, Tucson, Arizona

2002               Blue Gallery – solo exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

New zones Gallery – group exhibition – Calgary, Canada

The Lowe Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

2001               Side by Side – Group Invitational, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1999               Yeiser Art Center – solo exhibition, Paducah Kentucky

1995               Cheekwood Museum of Fine Art – Two Beauties, solo exhibition, Nashville Tennessee

AWARDS

2001                Christoph Merian Foundation – Artist in Residence, Weil Am Rhein, Germany

1997                Christoph Merian Foundation – Artist in Residence, Arlesheim, Switzerland

1996                Tennessee Arts Commission –  Individual Artist Fellowship, Nashville, Tennessee

ARTFAIRS

2011                Scope Basel – Basel Switzerland

Art Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

Dallas Art Fair – Dallas, Texas

2010                Dallas Art Fair. Dallas, Texas

2008                AIPAD – New York, New York

2006                Art-212 Contemporary Art Fair – New York, New York

Art Chicago – Chicago Illinois

2005                Scope Art Fair – Miami, Florida

AAF Contemporary Art Fair – New York, New York

Art Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

2005                San Francisco International Art Exposition – San Francisco, California

2004                AAF Contemporary Art Fair – New York, New York

Art Chicago – Chicago Illinois

2003                San Francisco International Art Exposition – San Francisco, California

2002                Art Chicago – Chicago, Illinois

San Francisco International Art Exposition – San Francisco, California

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

2011               Marietta Museum of Art, Summering At The End of Empire, Marietta, Georgia

2010               Gibbes Museum of Art – Lure of the Low Country, Charleston, South Carolina

U.S. Ambassador to Africa. Art in Embassies Exhibition, African Union, Ethiopia

New Zones Gallery of Contemporary Art, Calgary Canada

Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, Tennessee  Year Without A Summer 1816

2009               Lanoue Fine Art –  Kaaterskill:  Selected PIctures from an Imagined  Wilderness,

Boston Massachusetts

2008               New Zones –  Souvenirs , Calgary, Canada

Fay Gold Gallery – Lure of the Low Country , Atlanta, Georgia

2007               Lanoue Fine Art – Canopy , Boston, Massachusetts

Zeitgeist Gallery – Canopy , Nashville, Tennessee

2006               Fay Gold Gallery – Strangescapes , Atlanta, Georgia

Blue Gallery – solo exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

2005               New Zones  – Hurricane Ridge , Calgary, Canada

Cumberland Gallery – solo exhibition, Nashville, Tennessee

Museum Works Gallery – “Defining Nature”, group exhibition, Los Angeles, California

2004               Fay Gold Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

2003               Volunteer State College – solo exhibition, Gallatin, Tennessee

The Etherton Gallery – invitational group exhibition, Tucson, Arizona

2002               Blue Gallery – solo exhibition, Kansas City, Missouri

New zones Gallery – group exhibition – Calgary, Canada

The Lowe Gallery – solo exhibition, Atlanta, Georgia

2001               Side by Side – Group Invitational, Belfast, Northern Ireland

1999               Yeiser Art Center – solo exhibition, Paducah Kentucky

1995               Cheekwood Museum of Fine Art – Two Beauties, solo exhibition, Nashville Tennessee

COLLECTIONS

The Gibbes Museum, Charleston, South Carolina

Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Atlanta Georgia

Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, Tennessee

Hunter Museum of American Art, Chattanooga, Tennessee

Christoph Merian Foundation, Basel, Switzerland

Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, Georgia

Terminus, Atlanta, Georgia

King and Spalding, Atlanta, Georgia

Fulton County Arts Council, Atlanta, Georgia

RCA Records, Nashville, Tennessee

Sprint PCS Communications Company, Kansas City, Missouri

Coral Energy Incorporated, Calgary, Canada

Progress Energy Incorporated, Raleigh, North Carolina

Monarch Incorporated, Atlanta, Georgia

Dollar General Corporation, Nashville, Tennessee

REVIEWS and PUBLICATIONS

Ridley, Jim, Critics Picks, Nashville Scene, September 2007

LaFerriere, Catherine, John Folsom:  Recent Works, ArtScope Magazine, Setpember 2007

Cole-Miller, Julie, Southern Accents, September-October 2006

Hoppen, Stephanie, “Picture Perfect: Collecting Art and Photography, 2004 London:

Aurum Press Limited.

Architectural Digest, “Art across America”, May 2003

Ryesky, Helen, “Painterly Landscapes at Pentimenti”, Art Matters, November 2000

Wall, Donna Dorian, “At Home in the Landscape”, Southern Accents,

Sept.-Oct.2000,   P114

New American Paintings, June – July 2000

Smith, Terri, Plus Four, Art Papers, March – April 200

EDUCATION

1990 Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois,

Bachelor of Fine Arts – Cinema and Photography

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