Whether it’s drawing, acrylic paintings, or mixed-media sculptures, the work of John Casey is a strange, often-humorous assault on the viewer. Casey takes both the familiar and the form of the portrait and bends them to his off-kilter sensibility. Read our 2013 studio visit with the artist here.
“For the past 20 years or so, I have been exploring open-ended narratives in my work,” the artist says, in statement. “… I tap into my subconscious and psychological brain space, to conjure loose metaphors and symbols, and weave them into compelling characters. Some of these beings represent a kind of psychological self-portrait. Others represent people I have encountered throughout my lifetime, friends, neighbors, and generally everyday folks.”
The artist, Massachusetts College of Art in Boston, is based in Oakland. As you can guess from some of his work, he and wife do have a cat.