(b. Poughkeepsie, N.Y. 1980)
Growing up in New York with an early love for Comics, skateboarding and graffiti John’s maintained a career as an Illustrator / fine artist and muralist for well over two decades. While the focus of his personal work revolves around the reuse of found items, (specifically old paper, books and book jackets) he’s also paints large-scale murals, various private commissions and designs as well as curated a number of group art shows and installations.
Mr. Breiner has been exhibited internationally (Australia, Turkey, Italy, Switzerland and China) as well as nationally in New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Washington D.C, Philadelphia and San Francisco.
He currently lives and works in New York’s Hudson.
My work is highly inspired by nature, the passing of time, and the reclaiming of surfaces. For the last decade, books, salvaged paper, and found objects have been my work surfaces of choice. As an artist I look for a surface with stains and the telltale marks of a past life. I find inspiration from yellowed paper, peeling paint, or a water-damaged surface. I see these marks as a constant reminder that time stops for nothing. Almost exclusively discarded, I embrace these “lived” surfaces adding and subtracting layers to convey my own experiences and observations. My Hope in the end is to create a seamless interaction with the piece, to join image to surface as naturally as possible and push it out into the world with a new story to tell.