John Paul Remo. Artist. Illustrator. Designer.
His current work revolves around the human figure. Using traditional techniques of honest mark making from direct observation, he is able to capture his subject’s essence and character as well as rhythm and motion as each subject shifts and alters their pose. Glorifying the natural movements of the figure allow him to continue his passion in merging visual vocabulary with anatomical understanding.
Working in multiple media that span from drawing painting, printmaking, and sculpture (including cast iron work) as well as digital techniques using the latest programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Corel Painter. Always interested in expanding his knowledge, experience, and ability; JP welcomes challenges as new contemporary techniques emerge within the art field.
JP has collaborated with other fine artists as well as the Eastman School of Music’s Gamelan ensemble. During the Gamelan’s spring concert in 2011, JP created drawings, paintings, and sculpture on stage while the ensemble played and performed traditional Bali music and dance influencing the strokes and marks made in each medium.
As a lecturing professor at Mississippi State University (MSU), JP taught foundation courses in drawing and design as well as painting, life drawing, and printmaking. He also developed a program abroad in conjunction with the Santa Reparata International School of Art (SRISA) teaching a special topics studio course. This course allows students to be directly influenced by masterful works, absorbing Italy’s magnificent contribution to the arts. With the help of SRISA’s facilities, the students are able to maximize their work exploring traditional and contemporary techniques in drawing, painting, and printmaking.
JP studied drawing, printmaking, and illustration at the University of Central Florida (UCF) during which he worked as a biological illustrator for UCF’s biology department as well as work for Flying Horse Editions (The Fine Art Press at the University of Central Florida). He completed his master’s degree at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) in interdisciplinary studio fine arts while receiving a minor in medical illustration. Working directly with Keith Howard (regarded as the father of non toxic printmaking as “the first artist to systematically investigate alternative methods in intaglio printmaking”), JP also received a graduate certificate in Non-Toxic Printmaking further extending his artistic techniques and abilities. He has worked for Gallery R (an off-campus art gallery administered by the School of Art of the College of Imaging Arts & Sciences at RIT) as the director of alternative spaces.
JP has accumulated experience in multiple roles that include: creative direction, art direction, graphic design, character design, storyboards, animation, photography and video production. JP is currently a senior media designer and scientific illustrator at a global pharmaceutical advertising company and provides freelance services for the digital entertainment industry.
*Photo credit to Marchelo Vera.