With a world-wide following drawn to his distinctive American Muscle Car style, John carries the pop art movement into the 21st Century. His work is powerful; he builds upon the 1950’s pop art tradition, infusing it with a new vibrant, colorful, testosterone-fueled approach.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, artistic talent has always pumped through John’s veins. Frances Elaine Rockwell, John’s mother, was an extremely talented painter who transferred her gifts onto her son. Her family’s artistic heritage, in fact, traces back to famed American artist Norman Rockwell—mother and son have carried on the family tradition.
Graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting and Graphic Design from Temple University Tyler School of Art, John drew the attention of Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s department stores who hired him as a visual merchandiser and display artist. Striking out on his own, John soon began to create original silk-screened t-shirts that his former employers chose to carry in their stores. As his reputation in the region continued to grow, John turned his attention and energy to painting full time.
Currently working out of a large warehouse in Philadelphia, John draws artistic inspiration from retro advertising, pop icons, B-movies, mid-century modernism, magazines, noir films, vintage signage and all things pop-culture. Forming a unique combination of silk-screening and hand painting, John creates paintings that are at once nostalgic and modern. Intense brush strokes, explosions of color, aggressive textures, and juxtaposed images yield distinctive and recognizable canvasses. His subjects—sexy bombshell women, designer logos, sports heroes, Superheroes, stewardesses, Americana images—compete with and complement one another, yielding exceptional artistic compositions.