John Hrehov is a Professor of Fine Arts at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) where he teaches drawing and painting classes. He received his MFA in Painting in 1985 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, and his BFA in Painting in 1981 from Cleveland Institute of Art, Cleveland, Ohio.
"In my drawing classes, I always stress working from observation. I often go to flea markets and find interesting toys. I am attracted to some of them because they look like sculptures, and others because they look animated, implying something that is living."
An example of John’s paintings that includes toy statues is “Sanctuary", shown above. Many more examples, including Friend, Footstool, Childish Ways, Battles in Shadows, Rhino, Casper, Shelter, and The Collector, can be viewed on the “Paintings” page.
Irony, humor, symbolism, and poetry are frequently expressed in Hrehov's paintings and drawings.
"We only have to take in an oil on canvas on panel like Passing Through, with its huge blue jay winging its way across a bay of three partially opened windows against a brilliant red sunset sky, punctuated by dark green trees, to realize that something is going on here beyond the literal."
"Symbolism in a Christian vein comes to us in The Sign of Jonah. Huge sunflowers are seen growing out of a dark-green two-handled vase; within the vase (the belly of the fish that swallowed Jonah?) floats an upside-down, sarcophagus-like figure caught within seaweedy growths. Jonah was of course eventually disgorged; the "sign of Jonah" may have to do with Jesus's description of Jonah as a prefiguration of his own death and resurrection."
Christian Symbolism can also be seen in After the Flood, The Good Samaritan, Will He Find Faith on Earth?, and The Prodigal Son. John is a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church and active in Lutheran Social Services of Indiana.
Hrehov has an active career as a painter and has had
solo exhibitions in New York City, Chicago, IL. and Louisville, KY. He is represented by
Denise Bibro Fine Art Inc.
in New York City.
Excerpts from Art in America, Jan, 2003 by Gerrit Henry
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