ARTIST STATEMENT

My current focus and artistic inspiration is sculpture. Please click on the "Sculpture" tab on the left to view my current work titled "Dew Drops" from my "Ephemeral Nature" Series. 

Art is an attempt to connect. Be understood. Explore. Create community. Art has the power of placing you in the now. The present. Art is about an experience between the viewer and the art. Whether it be painting, writing, film, music or theatre. Every painting is a combination of random "accidents" and planned process.  

Rather than speak in intellectual or convoluted artistic terms about my paintings I prefer each person bring a new and personal interpretation based on their own life history, experience, emotions and chemistry. I hope one can view my paintings and be inspired by whatever emotions they experience. 

I like what Leo Tolstoy said in his book “What is Art?” published in 1897. “Every work of art causes the receiver to enter into a relationship with the artist and with all those who receive the same artistic impression. It is upon this capacity of man to receive another man's expression of feeling and experience those feelings himself, that the activity of art is based.”




                                                                                   JOHN SZABO

Selected Exhibitions

2015 Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA
2015 The Cove Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA
2015 Saatchi Gallery Online

2014 Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA 

2013 Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA 

2012 Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA 
2011 Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA 
2010 Santa Monica Art Studios, Santa Monica, CA 
2009 Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, Solo Show, Laguna Beach, CA 
2008 ArtExpo Las Vegas, Nevada, CA 
2008 Laguna Beach City Hall, Contemporary Art Show, Laguna Beach, CA
2008 Marion Meyer Contemporary Art, “Winter Blue” and “Something Red” Group Shows 
2007 The Cove Gallery, December Guest Artist, Laguna Beach, CA. 
2007 Orange County Center for Contemporary Art, Santa Ana, CA. 
2007 Juried Dana Point Art Festival, Dana Point, CA.
1997-2003 Mission Street Gallery, Group Show, San Francsico, CA  

Museum Collections 

Museum of Modern Art Orange County Center for Contemporary Art

Resort and Restaurant Collections  

The Ritz Carlton Hotel, Dana Point, CA 
The Surf & Sand Resort, Laguna Beach, CA 
The Island Hotel, Newport Beach, CA 
The Montage Resort, Dana Point, CA 
The Sapphire Grille Restaurant, Laguna Beach, CA  


Szabo’s art and critiques of his art have appeared in: ARTNews, ArtMonthly, Rivera Magazine. LUXE Magazine, Art Business News, The Orange County Register and The Laguna Beach Post. 


1989 M.A. Indiana University. Ernie Pyle School of Journalism. Concentration in Reporting The Arts. 1985 B.A. University of California, Irvine. Political Science. 


I take a great deal of care to use only the finest museum quality archival materials in my work including paints,
inks, wood panels, canvases, resins and framing. 

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Art opening featuring 3 Galaxy pieces | 36x36 | Ink & Resin on Wood Panel
Studio | Galaxy III | 36x36 | Resin and Ink on Wood Panel
Nubula | 36x72 | Resin and Ink on Wood Panel
Studio | Newspaper Collage Series