John Bacon was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in the United States. He later moved to Oregon where he grew up and went to school. He graduated with a medical degree and practiced as an orthopedic surgeon for 30 years. In his paintings John uses color and form to create energy which generates interest. He enjoys experimenting with new ideas and techniques. His favorite part of the painting process is creating unique colors through his mixology process.
John’s inspiration comes from within. He “feels” his paintings more than he sees them. For John the painting process is a function of momentum. Beginning with unstructured lines and shapes he begins to develop the painting allowing the canvas to lead the way. Once the first positive step is made, the painting generally starts to fall into place. He actually becomes so wrapped up in a painting that he usually does not stop until the work is complete, so as not to lose the momentum the painting process has created.
Although there have been many influences in John’s work he cites Picasso, da Vinci and Hans Hoffman as artistic inspirations. Picasso’s cubist style can be seen in John’s work, where he feels the confidence to be different in his approach to his subject matter. From da Vinci, John learned about layering; these levels of depth are apparent in John’s work. Finally Hoffman, a 20th century abstract artist, is the motivator behind the contrast and energy in John’s work.