About John Casey's Shop

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John Casey

Oakland, CA

Creature creator, cat-lover, Bay Area artist, sculptor, painter, drawerer, and beer lover.

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Creature creator, cat-lover, Bay Area artist, sculptor, painter, drawerer, and beer lover.

For the past 20 years or so, I have been exploring open-ended narratives in my work. Using mostly a portrait format, I tap into my subconscious and psychological brain space, to conjure loose metaphors and symbols, and weave them into compelling characters. Some of these beings represent a kind of psychological self-portrait. Others represent people I have encountered throughout my lifetime, friends, neighbors, and generally everyday folks. Often these characters are amalgamations. These beings are not specific portraits, more like the impression of various people. The character’s life-story is left open to interpretation, inviting the viewer into the story-telling process. The results are what appear to be damaged or vulnerable beings, but a second look reveals complex and sensitive spirits, more like enthusiastic upstarts, rather than rejects or troublemakers. You can visit my website at johncasey.com.