John Carnes


For most of the past 25 years my painting inspiration has come from the New England landscape, the human figure, and from memory and imagination. But recently I have been revisiting painting masterworks from the 14th to the 17th Centuries. My fascination is with the underlying structural elements of their compositions. Most recently I have explored applying a reductionist grid system to Baroque tapestries in an effort to "translate" these dynamic masterworks for a more modern sensibility. Consider how a painting can be a "thing" of contemplation as much as a mountain, a bowl of fruit, or a human figure, and how art can be made from art, again and again.

You can contact me at Artdogs Studios, 277 Water Street, Gardiner, Maine, 20345; (207)208-9232; or by email at

Prices upon request.