john chehak

contemporary acrylic artist

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John’s medium of choice is acrylic on paper and canvas using brush and palette knife.  In the past few years, his work has taken on a new and unique personality of vibrant colors, symmetry, and compelling presentation.  Chehak describes his many mesmerizing styles as having developed from the need to “un-trap himself” from an artistic routine in an effort to explore other expressive and imaginative opportunities. He has been described as a mid-century style artist, a cubist, a minimalist reminiscent of Braque and Picasso, and a few years ago, an online reviewer wrote, “Native Iowan John Chehak is a masterful draftsman and painter…His wide expanse of expertise and style make his artwork a treat to explore.”  


Regardless of description, Chehak strives to create original work in style, color, and subject matter.  He is motivated by the mere fact that just one more person enjoys his work enough to hang it in their home or office.


He has been featured on the University of Iowa’s website the Daily Palette; in 2002 was chosen to display his artwork in the Iowa Governor’s Mansion; his Urban Crowding was selected as the January 2010 Cover art for JMCP magazine; in 2015 John’s Iowa Landscape was chosen as banner art for the MFA Creative Writing Program at Iowa State University; and early in 2016, he finished a successful one-man show at The Biomedical Research Facility at the University of Iowa Medical Campus in Iowa City, IA.  Currently, Mr. Chehak has patrons in more than 40 states.


For the past several years John and his wife Debbie have successfully participated in exclusive juried art fairs in Chicago, Evanston, Minneapolis, Edina, Omaha, Elmhurst, Winnetka, Northbrook, Glencoe, Geneva, Oconomowoc, St. Charles, Peoria, Highland Park, Hinsdale, Des Moines, and Madison.


Artist notes:


I do not purposefully try to emulate or paint in a particular art style. What and how I paint is innate and spontaneous. However, people always ask me, or even more often, tell me, what style "I fit into". So I wondered and did some research.  I believe my painting styles are best reflected as post-impressionistic not impressionistic.  I'm sure better educated artminds will argue and disagree - so be it.


Here is an over-view of the two styles:


1.Impressionism was a style of painting which emphasized color and depicted realistic scenes of ordinary subjects while postimpressionism was a style of painting which was derived from impressionism.

2.Impressionist paintings were done outdoors while postimpressionist paintings were done in a studio.

3.Postimpressionism used geometric form to depict its subjects while impressionism used small, thin brushstrokes that gave the painting softer edges.

4.Impressionism paved the way for Neo-impressionism, Fauvism, Cubism, and Postimpressionism while post impressionism paved the way for modern art.

5.Postimpressionism involved a more methodical and time-consuming process than impressionism.

6.Impressionism captured the heat of the subject while postimpressionism was based on the emotion and concept of the artist.  


Post-Impressionists extended Impressionism while rejecting its limitations: they continued using vivid colours, often thick application of paint, and real-life subject matter, but were more inclined to emphasize geometric forms, distort form for expressive effect, and use unnatural or arbitrary colour. Postimpressionism was developed in the form of impressionism and was used to refer to the works of younger artists such as Vincent Van Gogh, Paul Gauguin, and Georges Seurat. Postimpressionist artists still used vivid colors, thick paint, distinct brushstrokes, and ordinary subject matter but stressed the use of geometric forms and unnatural colors. Postimpressionist painters explored different directions and approaches to painting without concern about the appearance of their subjects. It paved the way for the development of modern art which was based largely on the emotions and concepts of the individual artist. While impressionism was done outdoors, postimpressionism was done inside a studio. It was a slower process and involved methodical processes.