Wed 13 Sep 2023 to Sun 22 Oct 2023
Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 12-6pm
Artist: Will St. John
Private view: Wednesday 13 September, 6pm-8pm
Saatchi Yates presents Will St John's debut UK solo show.
Will St. John spent years studying Renaissance painting techniques in Florence and around Europe. He brings these skills to his community of Bohemian New Yorkers. With a rigorous artistic style and approach to image-making, St. John's meticulously crafted paintings exude delicately fierce character. Reminding us of the French Rococo tradition, his works echo the genre's hallmark traits: a whimsical treatment of sensual themes, deployment of rich and intricate brushwork, and an infusion of pastel hues.
“As an inveterate daydreamer it took me many years to develop a system where I could actually turn my visions into reality. Many, many failures. I must have discovered at least 10,000 ways how not to make a painting. Ultimately, I discovered that the point of art is not to make one great painting, but to develop a “system” that can make great paintings. This all developed in the factory of the mind.” - Will St John