John Bacon's inspiration comes from within. The painting process is a function of momentum—Beginning with unstructured lines and shapes he develops the painting allowing the canvas to lead the way. In Espionage, he conveys a sense of mystery, as if someone is watching. This piece generates a certain form of introspection and calls upon the viewer to look inward.
John Bacon was born in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. 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.
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. Finally, Hoffman, a 20th-century abstract artist, is the motivator behind the contrast and energy in works.