John Eastman is an abstract painter, wood sculpture-furniture designer, and mixed media installation artist. He currently works in several studios in Pittsburgh, PA. A native of South Western Pennsylvania, Eastman frequents multiple areas of Europe and New Mexico. He started as a self-taught abstract painter of large works in 2002, and began to exhibit in galleries and museums within 3 years, adding wood sculpture and furniture to his body of work in 2010. Recently, his artwork has evolved into designing and building small buildings wrapped in corrugated sheet metal and painted framed wood, with art installations residing within, creating an exterior artwork structure, with interior art. The structures blend into the industrial past of the Western Pennsylvania, while reflecting the current neighborhood surroundings of nature, buildings, lights, and streets. Eastman’s artwork is often the result of long term concept planning and sketch-study development, resulting in series works.
His studio practice is focused on working in various series in multiple mediums of canvas, wood, paper, and metal, and now entire building structures. As he continues to work, Eastman is even more enamored with minimalism, abstract concepts, and space, whereas the negative space on the canvas is as important as the abstract focus object, and the bare minimum room is an element of the whole viewing experience. In essence, his abstract artwork is as much about the space as the work in it. He is in constant pursuit of what he calls true abstract(ism), whereas providing a visual object (painting, drawing, sculpture) that attempts to prompt the viewer into thoughts and impressions of their own, regardless of what those objects mean to him as an artist. If there is a end goal, it is perhaps to spur thinking, a focus, and communication between observers of the artwork.
Exhibitions include; "Almost 17 & #werestillhere" at BoxHeart Gallery, "Entity" at Art Smiths of Pittsburgh with Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, FrameHouse & Jask Gallery with Associated Artists of Pittsburgh, “Now" at BoxHeart Gallery with Group A, Percolate Gallery, Joel Hersh Private Collector in Boca Raton Florida, Panza Gallery, Gallery Chiz, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, "Austerity and Self-Sustainability" at FE Gallery, "WOOD" at the Elan Fine Art Gallery, Associated Artists of Pittsburgh Annual at The Carnegie Museum of Art, and The Andy Warhol Museum.
View images from Eastman's 2019 BoxHeart Exhibition, Signals.