John Schwartz is an artist specializing in fine art and oil paintings. John was born and raised in New York City, where he currently resides. John studied at the Pratt institute, school of visual arts, to study illustration. He later attended the National Academy of Design, to study drawing and painting, where he earned a Bachelor's degree. He worked as a commercial Artist for several years, in which he painted young adult book covers for Scholastic Books, as well as Romantic Novel Covers for Holden Holt. John later moved in a different direction with his artwork, focusing on Still life oil paintings, including portraits. John has had group and solo exhibitions at David Haslam’s gallery in Boulder Colorado. His awards include the Knickerbocker Artist Award, and Audubon Artists Gold Medal of Honor.
John’s work is primarily oil paintings, both still life and portraits. He uses oil and mixed media on board, to create his realistic paintings. He prefers working from real life subjects and exploring the concepts of gravity and lightness. In his paintings, he tries to create images that are counterintuitive, objects that he feels excited about, and are traditional in nature. His artistic inspiration includes David Sprick, Pierto Annogoni , Bruce KIrland, and Antonio Lopez Garcia.
1979-1981 Pratt Institute
1981-1984 School of Visual Arts
1985-1987 National Academy of Design
1988- 1997 Freelance Illustration for Scolastic books and Holden Holt
1993 Grand International Annual Juried Exhibition Knickerbocker Artist
2000-2005 The David Haslam Gallery
2005-2020 Privately Commissioned Work