#2: John Wentz - "Patience + Student Eyes vs. Painters Eyes"

John Wentz is a contemporary painter whose process resides in an area between rigid technicality and honest expression.  Working within the classical idiom of the human figure, his goal is to reduce and simplify the image to it's core fundamentals: composition, color, and paint application.  Paint application and brush strokes are broad and simplified as a means to connect and convey these ideas to the viewer in a way that only painting can.

John was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  His interest in art began at the age of 6 when he first discovered Batman and Spiderman comic books.  After years of copying comics panel by panel he worked in the commercial arts as a muralist, billboard creator and freelance illustrator.  After learning to paint by doing airbrushed billboards, he decided to pursue Fine Art and work in oils.  Since then, he has had 3 solo exhibitions in San Francisco and numerous group exhibitions both nationally and internationally.  His works have appeared in many publications and have won multiple awards.

In this episode we discuss...

  • His love for authors such as J.D. Salinger and Jack Kerouac.

  • The pros and cons of traditional art schools vs. atelier's

  • Being patient while developing as an artist and creating your own reality

  • The importance of fleshing out imperfect ideas and the power of ignorance.


  • Producer / Interviewer: Yoshino

  • Music: Deebs and Jarell Perry

  • Sound Engineering: Andres Moran

  • Podcast Artwork: Pandagunda