Terry St. John

Terry St. John
March 7 — 28, 2020

Born in Sacramento in 1934, St. John has lived in the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life. He is widely regarded as among the foremost artists working in the tradition of Bay Area Figuration.… read more

Aunyarat By Window, 2016

Terry St. John

Figures, Landscapes & Still Lifes: Six Decades of Painting
June 3 — July 8, 2017

Dolby Chadwick Gallery is honored to present a retrospective of the art of Terry St. John, opening June 1, 2017. St. John is among the most celebrated artists working in the style of Bay Area Figuration. This exhibition features paintings created over the course of sixty years, from the mid-1950s to today.… read more

Woman / Landscape, 2013

Terry St. John

New Work
July 10 — August 30, 2014

It may be surprising to learn that, as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley, Terry St. John studied sociology, not the fine arts. By the time he fell in love with painting, he was a college senior and deep into the throes of his social science degree. But that didn’t stop him from pursuing art. He took lessons from a friend who was studying under Richard Diebenkorn at the California College of Arts and Crafts (now called the California College of the Arts) and immersed himself in an artistic social circle. St. John recalls how “above all else, I just wanted to paint paintings.… read more

Nude Summer, 2005

Terry St. John

July 7 — 30, 2011

Terry St. John’s paintings exhibit many of the hallmarks of both the Bay Area Figurative Movement – he was a student of James Weeks in the 1960s – as well as the Californian Society of Six plein-air tradition. In his recent paintings of nude women lounging in various degrees of repose, strong geometric forms articulate limbs, torsos, breasts and faces. St. John’s backgrounds also make use of these reductive shapes, though here he lays them down in a sunburst of oblique, parallel and perpendicular directions that work to either softly subsume the model or boldly serve her up for our gaze. Within these shapes, adjacent patches of colors in complimentary tones of light and dark describe the effect of a strong, low light pervasive throughout many of St. John’s paintings… read more