Featured Artist John Bolster

Artist John Bolster left the corporate world behind to produce vibrant, mixed media digital art that speaks about human interaction. View more of his portfolio by visiting his website.

 

Abstract Digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Calculated Risk” Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16″

 

I’ve loved art ever since I was a kid. I’d draw with anything—pencils, pastels, paint, you name it.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Geometric Miscalculation” Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16″

 

I was good, but it wasn’t until I started messing with computers as a teen that I discovered my true passion for design and photo manipulation.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Communication Breakdown 1″ Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16”

 

Over the next twenty years, I would turn that passion into a process that landed me graphic art and branding gigs for companies large and small. I love what I do, but the artist in me has always felt a bit constrained working inside of someone else’s brand.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Communication Breakdown 3″ Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16”

 

Abstratica was created as a personal playground, a place where I could explore my ideas 100% “straightjacket free” using intuition and executing without restraint to visualize the world around me.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Communication Breakdown 6″ Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16”

 

Here, I blend photography, scans, acrylic painting and drawing into a mixed media digital cocktail that is bold, random and for me, personal. Why? Because for better or worse, this is our world. Don’t just stand there—be captivated by all of it.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Fleeting Thoughts” Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16″

 

I’ve always had a thing for texture, the way paint leaves its mark on canvas, or how urban decay exposes itself in layers. I photograph texture wherever I go, and sometimes even create it from scratch.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Lovely New Beginnings” Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16″

 

My “Communication Breakdown” series focuses on the decaying of human interaction in the information age.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Memories Compromised” Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16″

 

These pieces rely on heavy doses of abstract typography and randomness, with layers of paint, color and type that blend in rich and complicated ways.

 

Abstract digital art giclee print by John Bolster

“Shelf Life” Digital Art Giclee, 16″ x 16″

 

Abstratica is ultimately about personal expression—inspired by everything from social issues, people’s behavior, or even garbage on the street.

 

Artist John Bolster Self Portrait

Artist John Bolster Self Portrait

 

My work is unique in its own right. Whatever it is, it’s a reflection of how I’m feeling on a particular day. In the midst of the chaos that is the world around us, I use art to stay conscious of things that move me.

 

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