I am drawn to ephemeral moments
that evoke the timeless qualities of my nature subjects. I cherish
the instant when the lightscape contains clues to transcendental as
well as physical reality.
My artworks are meant as
embodiments of the sensory and subconscious experience in which I
was immersed at the time of the original photographic exposure;
Suggestions of the existence of a non-verbal mode of communication
between ourselves and the non-human.
I elevate the viewerís perception
of my conceived reality through the use of contemporary tools and
techniques, as well as various media chosen for the specific
properties I find useful to the realization of my vision.
making and appreciation of art
The making of an artwork entails the artistís struggle with his own
limitations and those of his tools, in the creation of a symbol
representing a confluence of spiritual and emotional states-of-being
and life experience. As the resulting symbol is of such a personal
nature, I feel that a total awareness of its implications is
available only to the artist.
Viewers of an artwork bring their own frame-of-reference to its
interpretation, based on their own life experience and
state-of-being. As such, a viewer appreciates, or does not
appreciate, an artwork for reasons uniquely their own.
"A person's life purpose is nothing more than to rediscover,
through the detours of art, or love, or passionate work, those one
or two images in the presence of which his heart first opened." -
John Radigan was born
and resides in Wickliffe, Ohio for much of the year. He is an
artist, lecturer and workshop instructor respected for his
penetrating photographs and captivating print interpretations of
natureís wonders. His artworks draw on sensibilities developed
through years of creative experience in music, writing, and
photography in revealing the inner song, the cry of our true nature
that awakens in the presence of wildness.
He leads workshops throughout the
year for various organizations including the Adirondack Photography
Institute and Cleveland Botanical Garden, enthusiastically sharing a
wealth of practical experience while guiding participants in the
process of uncovering, nurturing and expressing their own unique
vision of the world. His informative and entertaining lectures
explore the richness of the human/nature relationship through
compelling imagery and thoughtful discourse.
Johnís work has received many
awards and been exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in
venues such as Cleveland Botanical Garden (Cleveland, Ohio); Lake
Placid Center for the Arts (Lake Placid, New York); Lake Metroparks
(Kirtland, Ohio); Arts Center/Old Forge (Old Forge, New York); and
the Fine Arts Association (Willoughby, Ohio). His images and
writings will also appear in the upcoming Beat of an Adirondack
His work is seen on the walls and
in the collections of many corporations including Merrill Lynch,
Floraline Display Products, InfoRad, International Paper, KeyCorp,
Life Cycle Strategies, Mountainman Outdoor Supply, Peak Performance
Sports Medicine, Prudential Insurance, Thrivent Financial and Xerox.