John Mansueto is a fine art landscape painter and freelance illustrator who resides in historic Islip Hamlet on the south shore of Long Island. His formal education includes four years of training in painting and illustration at Parsons School of Design in New York City where he graduated in 1983 with a Bachelor of Fine Art.
John went on to work for Evelyne Johnson Associates, a representative for illustrators of children's books; they are located in New York City. From there, John moved back to Long Island and started working at JMR Graphics, a leader in screen-printing for fleet marketing. But it was his interest in landscape painting, particularly those areas around Fire Island that would lead him to become the staff artist at the Fire Island Tide Newspaper from 1990 to 2003.
John now explores all of Long Island, from the south shore to the north shore including the far reaches of eastern Long Island, isolated coves, estuaries, secluded meadows, ocean beaches, rivers, boatyards, and the Pine Barrens. His goal is to seek out diverse locations of interest and to capture them on canvas. Captivating landscapes are what inspire his fine art paintings.
I have always had a desire to creatively record my perceptions of the world around me, to capture a moment in time as seen through my eyes. My formal training in painting and illustration began at Parsons School of Design. My experiences there helped me to develop a strong foundation on which I began my career. However, it was the encouragement of some very fine teachers, especially George Wybenga, an ever-growing circle of great artistic friends and 14 years of work experience with the Fire Island Tide Newspaper that has enabled me to turn my dreams into reality. I find myself intrigued by the use of light and shadow. My paintings bring out a great depth of field no matter the scope or the intimacy. I do not paint detail; I paint the impression of detail; there is a difference. This technique allows me to create a sense of realism in my paintings, something I believe to be a special and unique quality in my work. In the future I would like to focus on the exploration of various scenic landscape possibilities that highlight close up fragments of detail; this may lend itself to the creation of unique and exciting compositional designs. I would also like to explore and create new kinds of paintings using the often over-looked and unseen details that surround our lives, to exploit these areas in full grandeur using light, shadow, form and composition. Creating additional dimensions to my artwork, utilizing all that I have learned over the years, this is my passion. In essence, I find art embedded in everything around me; it is in all that I see and all that I feel. It is what inspires me each and every day. Art shall never end for me.
Memberships: Salmagundi Club, National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic, Arts Project of Cherry Grove, and Setauket Artist
Awards:2018 61st Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival: Best in Acrylics
2017 60th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival; First Place in Acrylics
2017 National Society of Painters in Casein & Acrylic; 63rd Annual Exhibition: Katharine Steele Renninger Memorial Award
Salmagundi Club, Nautical Exhibition 2017: Certificate of Merit
59th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival 2016: 2nd Place Acrylic Painting
2016 Salmagundi ANNUAL MEMBERS EXHIBITION: Mary Fitch Memorial Award
58th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival 2015: Robert Brackman/Spirit of Mystic Award
Mills Pond House 37th Annual Fine Art Exhibition 2015: Honorable Mention
National Art League 85th Annual Open Exhibition 2015: 3rd Place for Meritorious Work in Art
Salmagundi Club Fall Auctions 2014: Walter Zerichak Award
57 Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival 2014: Third Place Acrylic
48th Annual Gallery North Outdoor Art Show 2013: First Place in Oil/Acrylic
56th Annual Mystic Outdoor Art Festival 2013: Acrylic Second Prize
Salmagundi Club, Spring Auctions 2013: Allyn B. Schaeffer Memorial Award
Salmagundi Club, Utrecht-Ampersand-SCNY Tile Show 2013: Presidents Award
Islip Arts Council: 28th Annual Juried Art Show 2011 2nd Place Painting
Salmagundi Club: Certificate of Merit 2011 “Square Foot, Round Feet” Exhibition.
Gallery North: OAS 45 2010: Third Place in Oil/Acrylics
Salmagundi Club: Edwin A. Abby SCNY Award, Fall Auctions 2009
Gallery North: OAS43 2008: Second Place in Oils/Acrylic
51st Mystic Outdoor Art Festival 2008: Acrylics First Prize
Salmagundi Club, Spring Auction Exhibition: Philip Isenberg Memorial Award 2008
Salmagundi Club, Combine Member's Exhibition 2008: Samuel Leitmen Memorial Award
Audubon Artist Inc, 60th Annual Exhibition 2007: Alfred And Mary Crimi Award for a Creative Oil
Salmagundi Club, Non-Member's Juried Show 2006: National Society of Painters Casein & Award
Salmagundi Club - Christmas Exhibition 2006: Second Certificate of Merit
Arts Project of Cherry Grove 2004: Presidents Choice Award