Nashville, TN | Painting
John Kesling was born and raised on the banks of the Ohio River, spending much of his time outdoors. He attended Morehead State University in Morehead, KY for his BFA in Arts and spent a semester in Europe studying art history. Kesling went on to receive his MFA in Painting from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2010. He spent the next six years in Brooklyn, NY and in March of 2016, he attended a month-long residency at The Vermont Studio Center. While there, he realized how integral time, space, and nature were to his studio practice and in July, 2016 he relocated to Madison, TN.
What is important to me in my work isn't a complex and intellectual concept. My work is based in intuition and humor, nostalgia and conversation. I seek sincerity through imagery and honesty. Painting has a long and diverse history, but the work that resonates with me has always been that made from personality, not Pop. In the end though, I think humans mostly make things to impress a boy or a girl and that seems pretty okay too.