John Crandall grew up in Denver and started working with wood at the age of 13. As a youth, he found it easy to manipulate most materials into sculptures. After traveling around the world, studying and photographing petroglyphs, pictographs, and totems, he found a variety of images that worked their way into his own art. Sculpting, painting, working with clay, Crandall created hundreds of paintings and works from all mediums. However, wood has always been his favorite as he worked with totem imagery from the Ring of Fire, Northern Australia, Polynesia, and the totems of North America.
Growing up in a small family with no father, the absence of grandparents and family history led John Crandall to find his own definition of past histories, creating his own totemic definition of life.
“The expanse of time is our past, we are all made of dust, and will return to dust. Human history goes back hundreds of thousands of years; these totems represent time and space.”
John started carving the first version of these sculptures in 1994, and in 2020 this collection of Silhouettes was born. These works are of solid black walnut and cherry that were milled in 1966 in the woods of Indiana.
A selection of John Crandall's Silhouettes is now displayed with 73 Art Agency in the RiNo art district. Come to the gallery (2601 Blake Street, Ste 100) on First Friday Art Walk—next one on September 1, 2023, 6–9 PM.
Black walnut wood
82 in H x 16 in W