Affection for nature is the defining theme of John Antone’s sculptures. His unpretentious trees, branches, and twigs serve as a foundation to the houses and birds inhabiting them. Some of the houses, lovingly balanced on the branches reveal a delicate interconnectedness between man and nature; while others enveloped by the environment in an almost nurturing way, reflect human existence in concordance with nature. Created by gathering branches through walks in the woods and then transformed into bronze, Antone’s sculptures invite us to reflect on the natural world and on our responsibility to live in harmony with the environment.
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery
IDB Staff Association Art Gallery presents Bonded with Nature, a solo exhibition by US artist, sculptor, performer, lecturer, and curator John D. Antone.
Based in the USA and Europe, Antone’s sculpture is collected internationally. He is from a family of artists and artists at heart. Born in Washington, DC he majored in sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University -still ranked #1 in sculpture- by US News & World Report. Afterwards, Antone was bestowed a full scholarship for graduate study at California Institute of the Arts where John Baldessari, world renowned conceptual artist was the teacher that most influenced him.
He has had many exhibitions in established galleries in Europe and the US. Currently, Atelje Galerija in Slovenia and Stefan Bartsch in Munich exhibit his work. He was the first US artist ever invited to exhibit in the 25 year history of the European Mission’s international cultural programs in Brussels. Grant honors include: CEC ArtsLink Fellowship, Virginia Museum Foundation Professional Fellowship and a Fulbright Grant arranged by the US Department of State. Currently, Antone looks forward to being an artist in residence in Paris at Cite des Arts in 2016. Contact: