John L. Doyle's art reflects his fascination with the human condition. For over a decade, previous to creating the art displayed below, Doyle studied ethnology and anthropology. The product of this study is a visual recording of what Doyle learned and set down in drawings. The drawings became the foundation for lithograph series' which developed into a life's work art project which Doyle titled The Great Human Race. The art visually records categorical statements about civilization. The presentation is about the cultural development of particular disciplines such as Medicine, Law, Archiecture, and Business.
Doyle's art is collected and displayed in universities, museums, and corporations including: University of North Dakota, University of South Dakota; Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tennessee; The Institute for the History of Medicine John's Hopkins University, Maryland; The Francis A. Countway Library of Medicine Harvard Medical Library, Massachusetts; The Cleveland Clinic, Ohio; Yale Affiliated Hospital of St. Raphael, Connecticut; Mayo Clinic, Minnesota; University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics; University of Minnesota Campus Club sponsored by the Department of History of Medicine; Denver Natural History Museum; and the Museum of Native American Cultures in Washington. Other institutions, private, corporate, and permanent museum collections exhibiting Doyle's work include: Akron Art Institute, Ohio; Belleview Art Museum, Washington; Birmingham Museum of Art, Mississippi; Building Service Inc. Wisconsin; Burpee Art Museum, Illinois; Columbus Museum of fine Art, Ohio; Library of Congress, Washington D.C.; Johnson Wax Company, Wisconsin; Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana; Manitowoc Maritime Museum, Wisconsin; McGraw-Edison Corporation, Illinois; Mid-Western Museum of Art, Indiana; Marshall Scott Associates Inc., New York; Merchyhurst State College, Pennsylvania; Milwaukee Art Center, Wisconsin; Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Wisconsin; Minnesota Museum of Art; Norton Gallery of Art, Florida; Palm Springs Desert Museum, California; Phllip Morris Company, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California; Scottsdale Center for the Arts, Arizona; Stanford University, California; Texas Technical University; and National Collection of Fine Arts Washington D.C.
Art historians have said that the greatest art tradition is art that speaks of the human condition. John Doyle's lithographs, The Great Human Race, much like the oldest art we know, the images recorded by cave artists who fortified their hunting ability and spiritual strength by painting images of the beasts that sustained them, is of this tradition.
The Great Human Race is series of portfolios perfected in collaboration with Roland Poska, a Scotland born American artist, master printmaker, and paper-maker. Through images which are rendered in sumptuous colors and subtle gradations of tones, drawing of exquisite detail, and fine quality printing on BFK Rives and handsome hand made colored papers, Doyle art reflects the nobility of the human spirit.
The printmaking for The Great Human Race marks a high point in the technical art of the lithographic medium. Visually these imagers are remarkably, beautiful. They pay tribute to the most profound physical and spiritual aspirations of mankind.