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John Wesley

Biography

John Wesley (b. 1928, Los Angeles) is best known for his graphic, flat works that address themes of sexuality, domesticity, and erotica through his paintings, drawings, and works on paper. Throughout his paintings, Wesley often deploys humor and absurdity, creating stylized images rendered in pastel colors. Although associated with the Pop art movement, his works have defied any easy categorisation. Influences from Minimalism and Surrealism can also be seen throughout his ouevre, blending pop culture references, depictions of animals, and human figures into his wokrs. Welsey has exhibited widely, including solo exhibitions at the MoMA PS1, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and Fondazione Prada.