John Pomara (American, b.1952)
Birth Place: Dallas, TX USA
Who is painter John Pomara?
John Pomara is an American abstract painter. His work uses non-traditional tools like printers, copy machines, and even the internet. Pomara has stated that he often explores the themes of entropy and mechanical failure in his work -- often portraying this on aluminum panels or other interesting mediums. Pomara’s work is vibrant and lively, perhaps because it shows our humanity when juxtaposed with the digital glitches and blurs of his pieces. This high-minded approach to art has won him several fans in art critic circles. Pomara is also a renowned educator. He has taught at the University of Texas for many years.
John Pomara’s work is extremely popular, especially in Texas. His pieces are in several prominent galleries and museums in the Texas area including the Blanton Museum of Art in Austin, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, American Airlines HQ in Dallas, Neiman Marcus of Dallas, and the Tyler Museum of Art in Tyler, Texas. His Digital D series brought the artist widespread acclaim and was featured in his show, Arrival and Departure in 2009.
What kind of art does John Pomara make?
John Pomara makes abstract paintings, often using non-traditional mediums like aluminum panels. These pieces explore the relationship between humanity and our new digital reality. These pieces are awash in movement, with every representation of blur, glitch, and digital imperfection on display. According to Pomara, he is interested in the rise of new media and digital technology and how that can integrate with more analog processes. This typically plays out with magnified digital images that are distorted and painted on with enamel paint, usually on a background of steel, aluminum, or canvas. His work is beautiful, otherworldly, and a perfect synthesis of experimental 20th-century techniques and 21st-century aesthetic.
How did painter John Pomara get started?
John Pomara is a lifelong Texan, born in Dallas in 1952. He received both his BFA and MFA from East Texas State University before attending the Empire State Studio Arts Program in New York. Early on Pomara was interested in how to visually represent the interaction between humanity and our digital world. He began to experiment with nontraditional mediums for his work -- often substituting metal for traditional canvas work. While Pomara has been well-regarded since the early 1990s, his big break came in 1998 when he was the subject of a solo exhibition at the Barry Whistler Gallery. In 2005, he received the Legends Award from the Dallas Center of Contemporary Art.
How much are John Pomara paintings worth?
A typical John Pomara piece can go for as little as $400 or as much as $5,750. The highest price ever paid for a John Pomara painting at auction is $5,750 for the piece Personal Hygene (1992) which sold on October 29th, 2016 from Heritage Auctions. Heritage Auctions is proud of our work with Pomara’s work, four of his top five highest selling pieces have been with Heritage Auctions.
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