Ayes At Work In His Studio
An Altar To Dali
The Cloister Of Saint Andrew
Miracle On 192
Opus 104 Study In Monochromatic Brown
The Duchess of Alba and Mona Lisa
A Mother's Love
| John Browne Ayes
||Surreal Visual Arts, Essence Oil Painting, Lost wax sculpture and photography
|| No One except an artist who is colorblind can comprehend what its like to perceive the world in black and white. But I do.
Despite that I have exhibited my art throughout Central Florida. I have been asked to paint, Mi Orgullo, My Pride, by the State Representative, John Q. Quinones, to illustrate Puerto Rico Day in Tallahassee, April 26, 2005. 300 limited edition posters have been created and will be given to members of legislature, Senators and Congressmen.
One of my works, Bajo Del Flamboyan is scheduled for publication in 2007 within the Latino Art Calendar.
My art and my story are also scheduled for publication within AARP’s, Segunda Juventud this year within their "Encore"
section as being "inspirational."
My art has been showcased within many local newspapers, Fox 31 News, and other local TV stations. My art also has won many awards for excellence and Best of Show. It’s all a confirmation that what I am creating is pleasing to the eye as well as giving inspiration and joy to many.
I work twelve to fifteen hour days which are skillfully divided between creating art works, promoting and marketing my work, and perpetually updating two Web Sites. I have begun sharing space on my Web Site to showcase the art of established as well as emerging artists.
The technique I have developed I have named, “essence oil painting.”
I mix my pigments with thinner so the medium becomes liquid and transparent like watercolor. I then build my subject from a light tint stage until the layers gradually become more defined. The lights, darks and halftones are all equally developed within the subject. This technique achieves a surface with the dryness and delicacy of an eggshell.
When you view my paintings know that I have worked hard so you can experience a creation that contains within it a vibrant articulation of colors, tones and values.
Please take a few moments to really “see” my works, you will discover that I have brilliantly orchestrated my use of single colors in a technique I have dubbed, “monochromatic painting.”
Because I am colorblind in the perception of primary colors I have discovered that I can use any one tint, shade or tone of any color to depict any subject. The illusion that I have used a palette that is rich in a spectrum of colors lies in the fact that I combine many subjects
in one work; all of them have been depicted in a symphony of monochromatic colors. The orchestration of pigments comes into play when I begin coordinating colors upon the canvas that compliment one another.
I also make use of the technique called, “patina”, the layering of color over another color to achieve a specific effect. If you will gaze at the painting, Miracle On 192, you will see that some of the subjects have been rendered to give the illusion of “invisibility.” The girl’s face has many layers of color that have been rendered within it.
Eventually a “disabled” person will discover that they have been given a special gift that replaces a specific sense that they are deficient in. In my case my hearing loss has been compensated with a deeper and sharper sense of vision that can see microscopic details within the environment as well as a keener depth perception.
My color perception dysfunction has been replaced with the ability to stretch any color into its multiplicity of monochromatic tonal scales.
If you desire to experience what it is like to be color deficient in the primary colors please take a few moments to “see” one of my works that have been painted in black and white. This is how I perceive my world.
Basically, I am a self taught painter. I discovered that no one can instruct a colorblind person how to paint with colors because they simply can’t explain how a color is perceived or experienced. For example, I can’t explain to you what oranges tastes like. I can only share with you abstract verbs and adjectives defining the experience. You would have to experience it to know it. My forty six years of experimentation with many mediums have given me my knowledge and mastery to express myself with pigments upon canvas. In any case, I studied briefly at the School of Visual Arts and the High School of Art and Design, both in New York City.
I have received a dual certification in visual arts and sculpture from El Instituto De Cultura De San Juan, Puerto Rico via El Centro Cultural Puertorriquena. They have catalogued and photographed my paintings and sculpture for anthropological purposes because it depicts with accuracy, the traditions, culture and heritage of Puerto Rico. My series, Hispanic Heritage is a deep exploration and introspection into who I am and what it really means to be a Puerto Rican by depicting my heritage.