John Holcomb

About the Artist

John Holcomb is a self-taught artist from Kansas. 

John Holcomb, 2017

John Holcomb, 2017


Artist Statement, 2017   /   Blog   /   Selections

Wordy Bio in Third Person

John Holcomb is represented by Rebecca Hossack, and has exhibited work internationally. As a painter from the literal middle of the west – Kansas – he uses the simple life that the quiet countryside provides as a cornerstone for his creative work. From a still life to remembering the past to immortalizing dude’s who play sportsball –  it’s all about distilling life down to its simplest joy. Every color, line and shape is simplified and drawn from reference material through the lens of how John sees the world. 

Proudly self taught, John decided to forgo formal training in traditional arts institutions. Instead he believes that art is a driving force from within, a character trait that cannot be taught, only wrestled with.

His work has been featured in Food Network, the Smithsonian Institute Arts blog, National Geographic blog. He was honored to be featured in American Illustration 35. The best way to follow John is on Instagram. He promises his works-in-progress to what-is-John-eating post ratio is high (in favor of the process DUH!!!).

Select Exhibits

2017 Context Miami, Miami FL
Seattle Art Fair, Seattle WA
Art Market Hamptons, Bridgehampton NY
Art New York, Piers 92 94, New York City NY
Art Market SF, San Francisco CA
Art Paris, Grand Palais, Paris FR
New York Outsider Art Fair, The Metropolitan Pavilion, New York City NY
2016 Cheers to 2017, The Bourgeois Pig, Lawrence KS*
Culture Studies (Preview), Golden Rule, Topeka KS*
Settlers and Such, HAVEN, Topeka KS*
Works in Progress, PTs at College Hill, Topeka KS
2015 Alumni Show, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR
Best Summer Ever, .Pop Shop, Kansas City, KS
Floral Collection, Lake Law Office, Holton KS
2013 The US Presidents, Jackson County Art Walk, Holton KS
2012 The Show, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR
2011 Historical Jayhawk Theater Group Show, Topeka KS
2010 ReThink Topeka, Topeka KS
2009 Spring Fling, Omaha NE
The United Plates, Upstage Gallery, Topeka KS*
* solo show

Awards / Select Features

American Illustration 35
Food Network Magazine
Golf Digest
ReadyMade Magazine
National Geographic Arts blog
Smithsonian Arts blog
Travel + Lesiure
Design Sponge

Other Professional Activities

2011-2016, Works of Heart, Family Service and Guidance Center Annual Art Auction, donated work, Topeka KS
2010-2015, Art Director for a marketing firm


2003-2007, BA Graphic Design, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, AR


"I love color and energy. Those are the things that infuse my Art. Those are the things that drew me to Fauvism and to Pop Art and to the world beyond them. They drew me to the emotional coloring of Matisse and his desire for simplification; to the bold naivety of Gauguin; to Picasso and Derain; to the daring of Warhol, with his appropriation of imagery and his graphic use of color; to Hockney and his colored grounds; to Basquiat and his chalky line; to the Native American pop artist Scholder; to his followers, Cannon and Furlow; to German Expressionists Kirchner and Beckmann; to Dalwod, Wood and Perry; and the inspiration goes on." – John Holcomb, 2017
Jon Burgerman
Jon Contino
Josh Cochran
El Greco
Invisible Creature
Franz Kline
Mike Perry
David Shrigley
TC Cannon

Life Facts 

Born October 1984
Topeka, Kansas
Married to Ali
Owns a Dachshund

Life Theme

All In or Nothin'


Music (punk / garage rock)
Sports (hoopshardball)
Chilling Out (in the "what's the big deal?" big picture sense and the "enjoy the moment" iced coffee sense)
Buying Records
Ice Cream Cones
Down with JC

No Digs

Religious Kooks
Political Kooks
Health Food Kooks