About The Artist
A fine art painter who studied at the Massachusetts College of Art and the New England School of Art and Design, Gonnella borrows bold techniques from the world of advertising in his fine art renderings. As Executive Creative Director for a world-class advertising agency, John Gonnella creates branding experiences that invoke curiosity, engagement, and participation. His clients include such major companies as Panasonic, John Deere, Huawei, New Balance, Reebok, and Timberland.
About The Artwork
John Gonnella’s work can be conforming yet bold: he presents familiar, comfortable imagery, rendered with a shamelessly contemporary hand. He breathes new life into iconic figures with his use of bold colors, varied paint application techniques, and slick strokes. His work is a juxtaposition between old and illusive; the comfortable and the unspoken; the commercial and the aesthetic. John Gonnella’s rich and luscious oils evoke a sense of the familiar. His large canvases seamlessly integrate the look of vintage advertising art with a contemporary vision through the use of bold colors and slick strokes. For his most recent series, Gonnella chooses iconic imagery used in advertising dating back to the 1930s.