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John Casey  Oakland, CA

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About John

“My creatures are called monsters by some, but I often feel that the connotations associated with ‘monster’ don’t always apply to these little guys unless one can add descriptors like ‘vulnerable’ and ‘fragile’ to the definition of monster. Maybe I have issue with the monster moniker because I see my critters as self-portraits. Nick Capasso, director of the DeCordova Museum, once referred to my work as ‘little exorcisms’ and I like that description. The idea that I expel my inner demons in the form of drawn, painted, or sculpted critters appeals to me.”

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"John is the first artist I saved to my gallery because these creatures are so evocative, so stirring in their stillness, I am left both emptied and filled. My eyes ache to see more,but there's nothing monstrous in them. It's rather opposite to me,a humanity that has a response of tenderness and tension, mercy with almost refusal because I see the most vulnerable yet discarded bits of my secret self in them. It's not difficult to imagine that they are capable of blinking back at me and possibly feeling the same. Simply stunning work!"

"John, please contact me when you get a chance. I'm looking to contact you about some info. Please go to and get our phone number and ask for me, Alex. I couldn't find your # anywhere..."

"I love this, its so creative and great!!!!"

"I really, really like it!!!!!!! It a little creepy but I like that!"

"Couldn't be more impressed jeanz."

"if you cant make it good make it big, if you cant make it big make it red."

"Your art work is captivating and inspirational."

"Nice stuff.....huge fan....."

"Always inspiring to see new work. c"

"Thanks all for the comments and feedback!"

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