John Paul Strain Biography


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John Paul Strain, a professional artist since 1976 has been a history buff since childhood.  After a year of study at the University of Redlands in California, Strain and his wife Nancy attended Brigham Young University.  After college, John Paul Strain took a job as an illustrator in Idaho with the U.S. Department of Energy.  During his one year stay, he kept in close contact with the fine art world, launching his career by having been accepted at a prestiguous gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  To keep up with the growing demand for his paintings and to devote all of his time to art, Strain moved his family to Texas.

Influenced by Henry Farny, Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, Strain began painting Western scenes of Indian life, Strain's later boulevard scenes of the gaslight era were influenced by Luigi Loir and Galien Lalone.  Strain masters the atmosphere and excitement of the soldiers' life during the Civil War with the same meticulous skill and attention to detail as his other historical work.

Strain's first medium was oil, but now he works primarily in guache.  Of the completed work Strain says, "I want the paintings to be aesthetically beautiful in themselves, to transcend the depiction of events with historical accuracy." 

John Paul Strain brings the spirit and drama of America's past to life through a personal legacy that combines his extraordinary artistic gift with an intense interest in history.  Strain, a professional artist since 1976 has been a history buff since childhood.  "My parents, both college professors, took me to historic sites and taught me the value of history."

An elective art class in his senior year of hight school brought Strain's talent to the attention of his teacher who purchased the young man's first two oil paintings.  Strain went to college with the specific goal of becoming a fine artist.

Influenced by Henry Farny, Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, Strain began painting Western scenes of Indian life, Strain's later boulevard scenes of the gaslight era were influenced by Luigi Loir and Galien Lalone.

Strains paintings portray scenes from America's past of the second half of the 19th century through the gaslight era of the 20th century.

His depiction of mountain men show a hunter in search of prey or standing by a camp fire in the evening light.  The romantic atmosphere and tranquil mood of these paintings are reminiscent of Henry Farny's work.

Strain's first medium was oil, but now he works primarily in guache.  His paintings are found in the following important collections: The Shell Oil Company, Ray Hollifield and Associates, Jack Parker, Grand Central Gallery of New York, Hillenbrand Industries International and others.  Major exhibits include the Charles M. Russell Museum, Masur Museum, and the George Phippen Memorial Art Show, along with numerous one man shows in major galleries around the country.
 


 


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