Stephenson Showcase: John Dierdorf’s “Floral Explosion”

Stephenson Showcase: John Dierdorf’s “Floral Explosion”

John Dierdorf’s style has always been a process. He first picked up a paintbrush in college while studying fine arts and discovered the limitations of realism. He felt restrained. “If I wanted to take a picture, I’d take a picture.” Inspired by Monet, Pissarro, and other Impressionists, he began developing his own expressions. 

The foundational skills John developed propelled him into architecture. Between his career and family, he wouldn’t actively pursue painting again till later on in life. And when he did, he became both an artist and arts advocate. John served six years on the Nickel Plate Arts board as a founding board member and has been highly engaged with the organization ever since. 

In the last three years, John has branched out into exhibiting with the Hamilton County Artists’ Association and the Fishers Arts Council. His style has recently taken a more nuanced tone, shifting further from realism. The goal is to provide “a two-fold impression” of his subject matter. Thin layers and bright colors give the viewer one impression while standing back, and then another once the viewer approaches it closer. John’s showcase will feel more like a garden than a gallery this July!

Meet John at his free public reception on Friday, July 22 from 5-8 p.m. on the Nickel Plate Arts campus. You can see his exhibit during our regular business hours, Wednesday-Friday 12-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. You can also purchase his artwork online – click here!

Les Reinhardt
lreinhardt@nickelplatearts.org