JOHN MCCORMICK’s paintings are informed by both contemporary and traditional elements of landscape painting. The idea of “landscape” in painting continues to shift along with the cultural imperatives of each epoch. Landscape painting today means something different than it did to the culture in the past. While it may not have been the dominant concern of past landscape artists, depletion of the natural environment and the fragility of the natural resources is an implicit concern in the work and with many contemporary landscape painters today.
The compositional direction of each painting is informed by geometric principals, shifting planes of light, and the artist’s interest in a synthesis of painting styles.
Additionally, in an ever-increasing homogenized and sterile world, the landscape with its arbitrary forms, lights and darks, continues to offer a resilient mystery and a place where sympathy and compassion are born and regenerated.