Several years ago, artist John P. Lackey of Lexington, put aside nearly twenty years of printmaking, as well as his day job as art director at a TV station, to pursue painting full-time. His landscapes are informed by two decades of carving blocks for prints, which has resulted in a somewhat linear element in his style of painting, and a tendency at times to layer his colors and paint.
By painting landscapes of points of interest both regionally and nationally, in a fluid language, John strives to combine the beauty of the natural world with the energy of people and their civilizations – leaving hazy implications in the grasses and leaves, revealing the shadow of a fleeting imprint of an underlying order, and giving a hint of understanding of the larger perspective. Abstract patterns form in his work, and new images are seen – faces in the trees, and dancing leaves.
While John attempts to keep his landscapes separate from his abstract works – they tend to come together in his paintings, giving the work a spark that is both soothing and exciting. He states, “Many artists are the greatly imbalanced, trying to orchestrate and cajole their unnamed fears and hang-ups onto a page or canvas, sculpture or song – twisting the already twisted, into something of interest or curiosity, beauty or truth, or lemons into lemonade. I tell my sons, in the end – its all about balance.”
John lives in Lexington with his wife and two sons and has his painting studio at Gallerie Soleil on Short Street, Lexington, Kentucky.