The Magic of DayGlo

Most of my work leans to abstraction. Whether a screen print, a painting, or both, abstraction is my current avenue of expression. I often utilize printmaking techniques in combination with painting and photography. I photograph settings, drawings and poured imagery. I digitally recompose and screen print onto paper and canvas. Often, I paint the canvas before I print. I maintain a steadfast reverence for color, as it is a vehicle on which our emotions are delivered. I discovered the magic of DayGlo paint in 2012 and my work first appeared at Doubting Thomas Gallery where I displayed several pieces in blacklight. Gallery director, Teresa Boyd encouraged me to curate a show using the DayGlo colors. With the generous contribution of DayGlo Color Corporation, more than 12 gallons of DayGlo paint were distributed to Cleveland artists and the first DayGlo Show was mounted. A lot of my work incorporates the use of fluorescents. The pigments of DayGlo paint are strong and brilliant. I love to work with transparency and that is a problem with DayGlo, but I love the color intensity.

In life, I believe that our experiences are bits and pieces of ephemera that become our collective memory. And…in art, I explore my memory and interpret it through various media to abstract images. Almost all of my work has some foundation in the photographic image. Many of my own photographs hover somewhere between abstraction and representation. In some cases, I have taken my photographs and digitally separated layers onto print screens. I apply colors in context with my mood for the piece at that moment. Hopefully, subsequent viewers can share to my emotional state. I have used magazine and book illustrations, screenshots, photoshopped imagery that I’ve found on the internet, etc. The most specific goal of my art is to create work that maximizes visual stimulation. The way colors relate; the composition of visual elements; the projection of idea and emotion…are all essential to me as the artist, I attempt to project a mood, an emotion, a thought, an idea.

I have been drawing, photographing, painting, printing and making paper, all at various times during the past dozen years. I studied at Cleveland State University as a Project 60 applicant. I have studied drawing with Peter Wells, Robert Thurmer and George Mauersberger. I was fortunate to take a class in abstraction with Jennifer Omaitz at CIA. In my early education, I studied painting with Thomas Thorne at The College of William and Mary.

John Saile