Spiritual Art of Healing
John-Brian Paprock, an Artist
John-Brian Paprock has been an artist all of his life.† Even though he did not take official art courses until his senior year in high school, he was honored to have an unprecedented number of pieces in the student art show that year.† He started course work to become a commercial artist, until he was disillusioned by the commercial part of "commercial art."†
John-Brian has done poster and flyer designs since, developing hundreds of designs.† He has also developed logo designs. With the coming of age of the Internet, John-Brian has begun to apply his talent to web design.† He still prefers sketching with a pencil.†
After not being engaged in fine art for over ten years, John-Brian started working after being persuaded by a therapist.† He first worked therapeutically with some crayons.† Then, John-Brian started to work with pastels and enjoyed the texture, color and flexibility of the medium.† Being persuaded again by the therapist, John-Brian had his first public show, entitled "Emergence," in the fall of 1992.
Since then, John-Brian's pastels and prints hang in offices and homes across the country.† From 1992 through 1995, John-Brian had over a dozen solo shows in the Greater Madison Area. Two shows were even extended several weeks.† He also participated in at least five group shows throughout the Midwest, most notably the Art of Healing project for adult survivors of childhood abuse to which he donated a few pieces that are still part of the project's traveling show.† He was also a featured artist on panels, interviews and a video about the project.† His art was also part of the Madison Area's Parade of Homes the summers of 1993 through 1996.† His shows also included many of his photographs and these too hang in homes and offices across the country.
John-Brian's work has been used on web sites, cover for e-magazines, the cover of an internationally distributed magazine (CARITAS 1/94 Issue) and a music CD cover and jacket.† He was commissioned for two paintings used as backdrops for a Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration in 1993 and 1994.
"What The Grub Found Out" is a children's story illustrated by John-Brian.† He enjoys illustration and has created images for several stories.
John-Brian sells prints and originals and is open to commissioned work.† He continues to be a professional member of the Wisconsin Association of Artists in All Media and Wisconsin Painters and Sculptors Association.†