John Philbin Dolan

John Philbin Dolan


John Philbin Dolan

Artist Statement:

When I paint, I try to capture beauty, character and light. I don’t believe there is a specific message I hope to convey when setting up or painting my still lifes, I think the viewer writes the story. I only hope that my paintings are beautiful, painted well and touch the viewer; based on their life experience.

John Philbin Dolan

In 1999, John’s first drawing, which was of the Disney character Goofy, was copied for his daughter. Having no knowledge of an ability to draw, that one drawing changed his life and started his journey into the world of art.

In 2005, he decided to close his technology-consulting firm to pursue an art career full time. Already comfortable with pastel, he wanted to learn oil painting and in 2007 he attended the Florence Academy of Art in Florence, Italy for their summer program. The FAA is renowned for their “classical” art training program. While in Florence he met instructor, Matthew Almy, who taught figure drawing in the summers, but lives in Chicago. When they arrived back in the states, John started his “classical” training under Matt and his wife, Magda. They have since expanded into a 7000 square foot studio space and call themselves The Ravenswood Atelier where John completed his studies in 2011.

John signs his paintings Philbin. It is his middle name and a family name that dates back centuries in Ireland. Until his son was born, he was the last surviving Philbin in the family.

In 2012, John was one of the few Signature Members of The Pastel Society of America selected to exhibit at the 40th Anniversary Show at The Noyes Museum of Art in Oceanview, New Jersey. John was also the Judge of Awards for the 2012 Richeson 75 Pastel Show and Nitram Charcoal, an artists charcoal, started using his “Pericles” drawing for their packaging.

He was one of 36 artists selected for the International Association of Pastel Societies 16th Juried Exhibition at The Butler Institute of American Art in 2010. He was one of 60 artists invited to exhibit at the 2010 Pastels by Invitation Show at the Creative Arts Center in Chatham, MA. In 2010, John was made a Signature member of The Pastel Society of America. John has also exhibited in a number of shows at the National Arts Club and The Salmagundi Club in New York City. In 2011, John exhibited in Giverny, France in the Art du Pastel en France’s juried Exhibit.

John has won numerous national awards including 2nd Place at the 2014 Pastel National , an Honorable Mention at the 2014 International Assoc. of Pastel Societies annual gallery exhibit, DPS Award of Excellence at the 2014 Degas Pastel Society 15th National Exhibit, The Gold Medal at the 2012 International Association of Pastel Societies Gallery Show, Honorable Mentions in the 2013 and 2012 Pastel Journal’s Pastel 100, Finalist in the 2013 and Honorable Mention in the 2012 Artist Magazine’s All Media Competition and an Honorable Mention in the Butler Institute of American Art’s 2012 Mid Year Show. Other awards and honors include Best of Show at The 2009 Richeson 75 Pastel Show, 2nd place at The 2009 Platinum Show at The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Art, The Holbein/Richard McKinley Award of Excellence at the 18th National Pastel Society of New Mexico Show and The New Orleans Art Association Award at The Degas Pastel Society’ 12th Biennial National Exhibition.

John is a Signature member of The Pastel Society of New Mexico and The Pastel Society of America.
In June 2015, he will be inducted into the International Association of Pastel Societies Master Circle.

He is also a member of The Oil Painters of America, The Portrait Society of America, The International Guild of Realism, The Degas Pastel Society, The American Impressionists Society and is a Artist Member of The Palette and Chisel Academy of Fine Arts in Chicago.

John is represented by Bay Art Gallery in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.

His work is in collections throughout the United States and Ireland

He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife Diane and their 4 children

  • Oils 100%
  • Pastels 100%