John Sharp is a photorealist artist and art educator who resides with his family in Tennessee.  


His first taste of studio life was at the age of 12 when his mom signed him up for weekend art classes at the Flint Institute of Art. 


Staying with his dad on summer breaks as a teen, he would allow his boy to take over the sunroom and transform it into a studio. 


Staying up through the wee hours until he could no longer manage to focus his eyes on the minuscule details of his colored pencil drawings, Sharp recalls often waking up on a futon with a modest 2 hours of sleep: A true rite of passage for every artist! 

 He would later pursue a degree in studio painting and drawing from Central Michigan University. It was at this time he fell in love with painting and was introduced to the masters of the photorealism movement like John Baeder, Richard Estes, and Robert Cottingham: all who would become massive influences to his future work. After years as a freelance artist and a studio coordinator for a non-profit art studio for adults with and without developmental disabilities, he would go on to receive a Master of Art in Teaching Visual Art from Columbia College Chicago. 

 “The urban landscape is my greatest passion. Sadly, it’s drastically changing. Whether it is an old neon sign, an abandoned space, or forgotten object, I am captivated by how years or decades of rust and decay slowly creep through the surface. While I do find something beautiful in the abandoned, this is not to dismiss the power of emotional neutrality. My work is urgent documentation. I am perfectly content in letting the object or scene speak for itself and let the narrative be up to the viewer. My objective is to capture the purest representation of the object or scene before someone else takes note of its rejected condition, and it is gone forever.”

 Blue Martini

Print on Archival Paper

 12 x 12  in 


Hot Diggity Dog

Print on Archival Paper

12 x 12 in


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