John Gholson Jr

Visual problem solver. Art addicted. Design thinking.

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Our Experience

I was recognized at age 15 with my work making the cover of a Georgia Agricultural magazine. That same year I was featured in the Oconee Enterprise as a Rising Star for my pen and ink drawings depicting historical places in Oconee County. I was chosen as a high school sophomore to create a painting of the Eagle Tavern, located in Watkinsville Georgia. A print was made to commemorate the Silver Anniversary of the Fall Festival. I attended the Governor's Honors program in art in 1999. I designed the programs 5k t-shirt, and placed first in the entire race. I graduated with Honors from Oconee County High School as the class of 2000. I also finished my BFA in drawing from The University of Georgia with a 3.6 GPA. Additionaly I studied acting, so I incorporate aspects of dance, drama, athleticism, energy, and movement into my art.

Our Philosophy

I have a gift which lets me express my ideas, visions, and surroundings, in a visually unique way. My ultimate dream is to find balance in my life, work, and adventures outside of the studio. My future plans will focus on this vision, along with the people who would like to see my dream become a reality. I have been surrounded by art my entire life. My mother is an artist, so I was encouraged to draw and paint at a very young age. I submitted my first painting for exhibit at age 6; since then, I have been acclaimed as a talented young artist. My style is to incorporate a broad array of bright colors into my artwork; saying more with less. Capturing the power and action of the human body in motion has always appealed to me. The things I specifically try to recreate in my sports paintings are speed, force, and energy. Having been athletic my entire life, I love to dance, lift weights, and go running. When I was a senior In high school I was ranked 3rd in the state for cross country. I continue to maintain an active lifestyle.

Artistic Resume

Shows and Artistic Awards.

  • I Have exhibited at the 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2009 Lyndon House juried exhibition, as well as the 2002, 2004, and 2008 Southworks juried exhibition, I am recognized by my distinct style. Some of my collectors include C.L. Morehead Jr., Bermuda Run of Hawaii, Northeast Ga. Cancer Care, St. Mary's Hospital, Dr. William Allen, Southeastern Color Lithographers, Wilson's Soul Food, Oconee County Chamber of Commerce, Coach and Mrs. Mark Richt.


Play Ground

We live in a very unfair world.  Look around you for one second, and really just look for a moment at the world we live in. The world has billions of people living in it.  We all have unique voices, ideas and opinions, however there are really only two types of people in the world.  They are participants and watchers.  All of us at various points in our lives will fluctuate between the two.
We can also call them leaders or followers.  Two different ideas but still very much is the same.  Math problems have a similar way of looking at the world.  There is a problem, the answer to the problem is wrong or right?  Contrary to what story books tell us, or popular movies the world at large may say it believes in these things, these ideals, but anyone with two eyes can see how far things have a tendency to slide.  We live in a world of rules and laws, regulations and restrictions.  Every major company wants to make a profit, and no one can seem to agree on what things are worth.  People want everything for free, yet they also want higher wages nicer schools, faster computers etc.  Better test grades to get into more expensive colleges to pay money on more degrees for more jobs that don't exist or don't need what the academians are actually teaching.  Everything cost, even time.  Its no surprise to me that each generation faces its own problems which reflect the current state of things in the world.  But basically all problems are human problems, and there is nothing new under the sun.  As people we still argue over different beliefs.  We still have wars, we still disagree. things are still easier to break than to build.  Further more every animal on earth must basically compete for food and resources in order to survive. 

Art is Useless colored dirt

Art is Useless colored dirt

Art is actually useless colored dirt! You may not agree because you might not have researched it fully, The highest paid creative field in America is being a pop star or an actor, Artist for special effects are being layed off every day, I don't care what specialist think, or anyone in the industry, its a fact that art for movies, and video games and special effects are being sent to studios overseas everyday, for cheaper prices to save money ect. While big name actors, musicians, and film studios, command top dollar naming their price! This is just the state of fine art today!


 Hey John. My name is Shonquille Byers, and I'm a junior at Presbyterian College. I play football here, and majoring in Art. I just want to let you know I'm really into your art work, and the way you choose your colors. I'm trying to draw and paint sports images also. It's been something I've been interested in since I began doing art. For my junior seminar class I have to interview an artist that I think could help me become a better artist and your style is something I'm interested in. So if you could, please email me back. I would really appreciate it.
Thanks, Shonquille


Hello, nice to hear from you.  It makes me happy to hear my work is appreciated.  Im open to any sort of interview for your class, Im looking for more content to add to my website, would it be okay with your teacher if I post the finished interview online onto my site? 

One other note of interest, is that Im starting up some lessons pretty soon, the course information is here






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