John Salt, British (1937 - )

John Salt

  Photo-Realist painter John Salt was born in 1937 in Birmingham, England. He studied at the Birmingham College of Art, later at The Slade School of Art, London. Salt moved to the United States in 1967, becoming a Photo-Realist after initially working as an abstractionist. His international exhibitions include Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Japan and Switzerland.

John Salt's work was also included in the exhibition Get Real: Contemporary American Realism from the Seavest Collection, in 1997, at the Duke University Museum of Art. A catalogue was also published. His paintings were exhibited, as well, in The Hidden Hand: John Salt, from December 12, 2003 to March 7, 2004, at the Southampton City Art Gallery, England.

Like most Photo-Realists, Salt, who paints in both oil and watercolor, takes slides of his subject matter, which he projects onto canvas or paper, mechanically copying the image using stencils and the airbrush technique. Salt is best known for paintings that seek to create a mood like that of Edward Hopper in works depicting broken-down automobiles, trailers and appliances in rural American settings.

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