John Rosewall




Artist Statement

John Rosewall is a self-taught artist living and working in Northeast Los Angeles. After beginning in the visual arts with documentary-style photography, and moving through a period of abstraction, he has returned to his roots in socially conscious figuration with paintings executed in an austere, simplified style. Basing his work on photographs taken from a wide variety of sources, he distills the found images into emblematic representations of violence, injustice, and oppression, with an interest in exploring the psychological states and moral ambiguities inherent in these situations.