John Sandlin Gay
Dallas, Texas

John Sandlin Gay, a self-taught artist, has a very innate sense and understanding of color and composition. Although John starts a piece without knowing where it will end up, his work results in something that is well balanced and not overworked. He is able to achieve peaceful and powerful abstract works without bright colors or overly complicated shapes and lines. He is interested in a distressed, aged quality, and through the adding and scraping of paint from the canvas he achieves this eroded feel. The many textured brushstrokes and etched lines moving in various directions fill the work with movement, and can be evocative of many things, such as time, weather, and nature.

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2016 #4

Acrylic painting on stretched canvas
Signed on back

40" h x 30" w x 1.5" d
7 lbs. 8 oz.


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This is a brush painting. It is probably influenced by Spanish and South American painters. This painting has a lot of texture and isn't flat to the touch. It started out as a palette-knife painting. However, my palette-knife paintings lose some oomph on the 30x40 size. They need larger canvases, so I did this brush abstract over it. The underpainting made for a nice texture underneath, and the rust color of the original drove the colors of the new painting.

This piece is on a gallery wrapped canvas with finished black edges. It comes ready to hang. 

Acrylic painting

Acrylic paint was made commercially available in the 1950’s. Acrylic is a fast drying paint that can be diluted with water, but becomes water-resistant when dry. Acrylics can be applied in thin layers and washes to resemble watercolor paints, or they can be applied in thick layers, built up for texture. The main difference between oil and acrylic paint is the drying time. Oil dries slowly, allowing more time to blend colors and apply glazes. Artists who use acrylic paints typically work faster than those who use oils. Additionally, acrylics offer more versatility and are often used for mixed media work. Artists can mix different materials into the paint, such as sand or rice. They can also apply other media on top of the dried acrylic, such as pastel or pen.

Stretched canvas

Canvas is a heavy-duty fabric used as a painting surface. When a canvas artwork is labeled stretched, it means the canvas has been wrapped around a wooden frame (the ''stretcher''). Stretched canvases typically do not require framing.


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