John Sebastian was born in Long Island - New York
He was raised in a family infused by generations of artists and craftsmen. Luthiers, Carpenters, Draftsman,
Engineers, and Musicians.
His father played a major role is his artistic career, a Korean war veteran, studio musician (guitar being his main instrument), mathematician and metallurgist by trade.
In a very large family, John grew up spending holidays first listening to his uncles and father playing classic swing music and jazz and eventually taught himself how to play guitar and joining in.
John brings music to his art in all its forms,
Self-taught John Sebastian has spent years perfecting several different disciplines of painting and drawing but stays within the parameters of abstract expressionism and impressionism.
Keeping in mind his unique and original styles of painting in series - Sebastian has veered away from traditional art academia and has instead acquired an approach to painting that retains hints of his favorite American modern contemporary painting masters, Paul Klee, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Mark Rothko and of course Gerhard Richter who he most likens his work to in that he follows no rules or palette patterns. He has derived a penchant for drawing and draftsmanship from the old masters, Albrecht Durer being one of his favorites.
Following in the footsteps of the great acting teacher Stanislavsky,
John Lives his Life In Art.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
2000 - 2006 : Atelier Art Soho: Artist in Residence: 4 Solo Exhibitions yearly
2004 - 2008: Lisa Eickholt Landmark Gallery Space Soho
Monthly Salon Party Group Shows 2 Solo Exhibitions Yearly
MAIN ART EXHIBITIONS
1999: First Exhibition - Solo Show : Jadite Gallery - Hell’s Kitchen
2000: Solo Exhibition : Series: The Underground: Skylight 6 Art Gallery Photo Studio Chelsea
2000: 33 Degrees Fashion Company Solo Exhibition -Garment District - Showroom - Midtown
2001: The Red Door Gallery Midtown : Solo Exhibition
2001 Nov: The Venezuelan Consulate - Inauguration Group Show, Midtown
2001 - 2003: Helmsley Spear, Manhattan, Corporate Lobby Exhibitions
2003: Solo Exhibition The Hudson Lounge - Several Private Exhibitions For The De Niro Family and Other Celebrities
2003 - 2006: Tribeca Film Festival: 7 Locations on the Tribeca Film Festival Tour 7 Paintings
2004: The Art Bar: West Village Solo Exhibition Drawings
2008 - Present: Publisher / Owner The New York Optimist LLC: Weekly Online Magazine Featuring Artists From all Over the World.
Brooklyn Museum Of Art
Robert De Niro
Porsche Club - Alsace France.