JWCC gallery to feature Steinkamp works

Works by Quincy artist John Steinkamp will be on display until February 18 at the John Wood Community College Heath Center Art Gallery.

Steinkamp, ​​a self-taught oil painter with a bachelor’s degree in graphic art, has worked with advertising agencies, television stations, nonprofits, and others.

In recent years, he has expanded his work to include fine art, participating in art competitions, selling his work in galleries, and teaching the basics of drawing to students of all ages.

In his current collection of works on display, Steinkamp focuses on formal portraits done in oil.


“This exhibition is the result of the refinement of my oil painting technique,” ​​said Steinkamp. “Themes and self-expression took precedence over studying the works of other accomplished painters.”

It was a learning experience, he says.

“The work is presented in chronological order to highlight the trajectory of this experience,” he said. “As with most things in life, it wasn’t a straight path. It was a lot of trial and error, one step forward, two steps back and three to the side.

Steinkamp limited himself to a palette of white, yellow, vermilion, and black in an attempt to develop his skills in color mixing.

“Even focusing solely on technique, the thought and emotion still poured out in the form of journals and conversations with friends and family that are depicted in many pieces,” he said. “Experience has become an influence on both quality and quantity.”

An exhibition reception will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on February 16 at the gallery with an artist talk at 7 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public. Some works are for sale and a portion of the funds from each work sold will be used by the college to support the gallery.

For more information about the exhibit or to purchase artwork, contact Jenna Seaborn, Gallery Curator, at jseaborn@jwcc.edu or 217-653-3246.

The gallery is located on the Quincy campus of the JWCC, at 48th and Harrison streets, on the lower level of the Paul Heath Fine Arts Center. The gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to noon on Friday.

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