John Alan Stock is an American Artist and Architect, currently residing in Virginia.  He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Ohio State University with minor study in the Fine Arts.  He is a Registered Architect in Virginia and urban planning consultant — although relatively inactive at this time, devoting his attention to art.

Exhibitions. He has been included in a broad spectrum of major juried exhibitions, twenty-one (21) Solo Exhibitions, eight (8) Two-Person Shows and over one-hundred groups shows from 1968 through 2008.  He took a hiatus from exhibiting art from 2009 through 2015 as he was engaged in other professional projects.

Series.  His contemporary art is organized in Series that stretch across a broad spectrum of subject matter in a variety of mediums; painting, mixed media, drawing, monoprints, and to far lesser extent, mobiles and sculpture.  “I have always been intellectually engaged in a variety of interests, have had a lifetime of travel abroad, and read up on a lot of subjects across a very broad spectrum of life.  This has led me, as an artist, into many directions (Series). I’ve been creating over five decades, so time is always a factor.  These considerations drive diversity in subject matter, approach and execution.”

Stock has twenty-four (24) different Series that started in the early 1970’s; they range from “Myth or Legend” and “Earth & Sky” to the more cerebral content of “Monologue” and “In Search of.”  Some Series have been completed, where the subject has been fully exhausted and thus retired.  At the same time, others have been left open, as the artist sensed he had more to explore, and that has come to pass. The artist has created new work in several Series which are beginning to appear on his website: johnalanstock.com.  In addition, the artist is on Instagram and Pinterest.

History.  Given his career in urban planning and architecture, he has tended to engage primarily with galleries in, or close to Virginia, Washington DC and North Carolina.  He considers a family cottage, located upstate in Michigan, to be his “studio north” and he has some history in exhibiting in that region as well.  He has selectively shown in galleries in Connecticut (Greenwich), California (San Francisco) and internationally as opportunities evolved.  His art has traveled in U.S. cultural exchange programs across multiple continents, and he increasingly found success with competing in major juried exhibitions.

His drawings have been selected for multiple international drawing competitions and four American Drawing competitions to include three biennials sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute, and participated in their U.S. extended tours of museums and major art centers.  He has also produced extensive graphic designs for public and private entities, winning national recognition in graphic design from print and publication media.

Travel.  Stock has enjoyed the opportunity to travel extensively over the last fifty years, including over forty countries on four continents.  He values the exposure to other cultures, their history and people, and the broadening perspectives that have influenced his art, both intentional and subliminally unintentional, no doubt.

Seminars. He has conducted a number of seminars and workshops on creativity and innovation that engaged people from academia, business, public institutions, government, and the arts.

Dedication. He has been an ardent supporter of both the fine arts and performing arts through the years, giving time and donating graphic design services to community organizations, and providing leadership through serving on government Commissions, on Boards of Directors and Committees, such as: Chrysler Museum, Virginia Opera, Tidewater Ballet Association, Norfolk Ballet Theatre, Virginia State Company, Tidewater Artists Association / Tidewater Art Alliance).   

 

Historical Highlights

Listing is only a partial historical compulation.  It does not reflect a number of art shows in the early years of 1971-1976.  (In addition, medical issues limited his exhibition schedule between 2001 and 2017) 

2017  Virginia Artists,  Juried Show (selected for a drawing in the Architectonics Series)
2017  Open Juried Art Exibitions, Suffolk Art League, Suffolk, Virginia
2016 Open Juried Art Exhibition,  Suffolk Art League,  Suffolk, Virginia
2008 One Man Show, Vincent-Hester Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
2006 One Man Show, White Canvas Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2005 Group Show, Vincent-Hester Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
2003 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond Virginia
2002 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2001 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2000 Two Person Show , Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
2000 Group Show,  Harbor Gallery,  Norfolk, Virginia
1999 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1998 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1998 Two Person Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1998 Group Show, Main Street Gallery, Leland, Michigan
1996 Group Show, Hilton Village Gallery, Newport News, Virginia
1996 Group Show, Harold Decker Galleries, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1995 Group Show, Art in the Park Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland
1995 Group Show, Old Towne Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
1994 Two Person Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1994 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
1994 Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center Biennial Exhibit, Newport News, Virginia
1994 Group Show, Mulligan Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
1993 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1993 Group Show, Old Towne Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
1992 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
1992 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1992 Two-Person Show, Old Towne Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
1992 Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center Biennial Exhibition, Newport News, Virginia
1991 Tidewater Artists, Group Show, Art-in-the-Park Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland
1991 Peninsula Fine Arts Annual Juried Exhibition, Newport News, Virginia
1991 Group Show, Harbor Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1991 Group Show, Falk Art Gallery, Christopher Newport College, Virginia
1991 Group Show, Main Street Gallery, Leland, Michigan
1991 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1991 Group Show, Old Towne Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
1991  Group Show, Hilton Village Gallery, Newport News, Virginia
1990 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1990 One Man Show, Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1990 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
1990 Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center Biennial Exhibition, Newport News, Virginia
1990 Group Show, Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1989 Group Show, Main Street Gallery, Leland, Michigan
1989 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1989 Two Person Show, Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1988 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
1988 American Drawing Biennial, Muscarelle Museum of Art, Williamsburg, Virginia
1988 Juried Exhibition, Peninsula Fine Arts Center Biennial Exhibition, Newport News, Virginia
1988 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1987 One Man Show, Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia
1987 Group Show, Main Street Gallery, Leland, Michigan
1987 One Man Show, Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1987  International Juried Drawing Competition, London, England (Touring)
1986 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1986 Juried Exhibition, Tidewater Artists Association, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1985 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1985 Group Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1984 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1984 Group Show, Main Street Gallery, Leland, Michigan
1983 Juried Exhibition, Tidewater Artists Association, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1983 Watercolors Today, Curated Group Show, Portsmouth Art Center, Newport News, Virginia
1983 Group Show, Twentieth Century Gallery, Williamsburg, Virginia
1983 Group Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1982 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1982 Curated Touring Show; American Drawing Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
1982 Group Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1982 Two Person Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Greenwich, Connecticut
1981 One Man Show, Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1981  Group Show, Il Segna Gallery, Rome, Italy
1981 Prints and Drawings, Juried Exhibition, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
1981 Architectural Design Drawings, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
1980 American Drawing Juried Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute Washington DC Sponsor / Portsmouth Art Museum, Virginia
1980 American Drawing Exhibition, Curated Touring Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
1980 Irene Leach Memorial Juried Art Exhibition, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk
1980 One Man Exhibition, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia
1980 One Man Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1980 One Man Show, Duck Blind Ltd Gallery, Duck, North Carolina
1980 Group Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1979 One Man Show, Lewis Hall Gallery, Eastern Virginia Medical School, VA
1979 Group Show, Virginia Beach Arts Center, Virginia Beach, VA
1979 Juried Competition, American Artists Magazine
1979 One Man Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1978 Stock & Ipsen, Two-Person Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1978 American Drawing Juried Exhibition, Portsmouth Community Art Museum, Virginia / Smithsonian Institute DC Sponsor
1978 Curated Touring Show; American Drawing Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
1978 Two Person Show, J. Williams Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1978 Group Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1977 One Man Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1977 Group Show, Norfolk State College, Norfolk, Virginia
1977 3rd International Juried Drawing Biennale, Cleveland (Middlesbrough), England
1977 Town Point Park Juried Exhibition, Norfolk, Virginia
1976 One Man Show, Harold Decker Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
1976 Bicentennial Juried American Drawing Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
1976 Curated Touring Show; American Drawing Exhibition, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
1976 Galaxy I, Jewish Community Center, Norfolk, Virginia
1975 One Man Show, Arts International Ltd. Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1975 Tidewater 12, Group Show, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina
1975 23rd Biennial Juried Exhibition, Tidewater Artists Association, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
1974 One Man Show, Arts International, Ltd. Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1974 Contributor, Contemporary Graphic Arts Exhibition, New York, New York
1974 Group Show, College Park, Virginia Beach, Virginia
1974 Tidewater Artists, Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina
1974  Citizen’s Trust Invitational Graphics Exhibition, Portsmouth, Virginia
1973 One Man Show, Arts International, Ltd. Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1973 L’ecole d’Beaus Arts Juried International Exhibition, Paris, France
1972 Juried Group Show, Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia
1972 Group Show, Arts International Ltd. Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1972 Group Show, Ghent Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
1971 One Man Show, Immler Gallery, Chesapeake, Virginia
1969 Contemporary Architectural Rendering, Juried Exhibition, National Architectural Institute for Education, New York, New York
1968 Urban Sketches, Group Show, Cleveland City Center, Cleveland, Ohio
1967 Group Show, Hopkins Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio

Museums   |   Academia   |   Art Centers   |   Galleries

  • Albrecht Art Museum, St Joseph, Missouri
  • Art-in-the-Park Gallery, Annapolis, Maryland
  • Arts International, Ltd, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Boston Art Center, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Bountiful Art Center, Bountiful, Utah
  • Bronx Museum, New York, New York
  • Brooks Memorial Art Gallery, Memphis, Tennessee
  • Cedar Rapids Art Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Virginia
  • Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, South Carolina
  • Commons Gallery, University Park, Penn State University, Pennsylvania
  • Cudahy’s Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Dublin Gallery of Art, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Duck Blind Gallery, Duck, North Carolina
  • El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, Texas
  • Falk Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, Christopher Newport College, Newport News, Virginia
  • Gallery 3, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Ghent Galleries, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Harbor Gallery, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Harbor Gallery, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Harold Decker Galleries (Norfolk, Richmond, Virginia Beach, Virginia & Greenwich, Connecticut)
  • Hilton Village Gallery, Newport News, Virginia
  • Hopkins Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, The Ohio State University
  • Il Segno, Rome, Italy
  • Island Gallery, Manteo, North Carolina
  • James Wise Gallery, Department of Fine Arts, Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Kirkland Gallery, Decatur, Illinois
  • Lemora De Madre, San Paulo, Brazil
  • Long Beach Museum of Art, Long Beach, California
  • Main Street Gallery, Leland, Michigan
  • Marina de Guerra del Peru, Lima Peru
  • Millersville State College Gallery, Pennsylvania
  • Mint Museum, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Mulligan Gallery, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Old Towne Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Peninsula Fine Arts Association, Newport News, Virginia
  • Portsmouth Community Art Center & Museum, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Salons des Beaux Arts, Paris, France
  • Shreveport Art Guild, Shreveport, Louisiana
  • Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC
  • Suffolk Art League, Suffolk, Virginia
  • Tweed Museum of Art, Duluth, Minnesota
  • University of Alabama Art Gallery, Alabama
  • University of Southern Colorado, Pueblo, Colorado
  • Vincent Hester Gallery, Portsmouth, Virginia
  • Virginia Beach Art Center, Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, Virginia
  • Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • White Canvas Gallery, Richmond, Virginia
  • Yellowstone Art Center, Billings, Montana

Awards:

The artist has received one-hundred forty awards in juried exhibitions (Painting/Mixed Media/Drawing)

  • Eleven (11) “Best in Show” Awards (1975-1989)
  • Fifty-four (54) Awards in International / U.S. / Regional  Juried Exhibitions excluding Purchase Prizes (1969-2007)
  • Twenty-seven (27) Awards in Annuals/Biennials and other Juried Exhibitions of Art Centers and Associations (1974-1994)
  • Fifty-six (56) Awards in other juried shows and/or art periodical competitions (1968 to 1983)

The Artist significantly reduced participation in competitions and exhibitions from 1995 through 2016.

Private & Public Collections (representative list):

Note: Private Collections of Trusts, Individuals & Families withheld for security reasons.

  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • Atlantic Permanent Savings and Loan Association
  • Bank of America
  • Bank of Virginia
  • BB&T Bank
  • Charles Schwab
  • Chesapeake Savings and Loan Association
  • City of Hampton, Virginia
  • City of Norfolk, Virginia
  • Complete Woman’s Care, Virginia
  • Ethyl Corporation
  • Exxon Mobil Corporation
  • First and Merchants Bank
  • Ford Motor Corporation
  • Goodman & Company
  • Governor’s Office, State of Virginia
  • Home Federal Savings & Loan Association
  • International Cities Corporation
  • Kirn Memorial Library, Norfolk, Virginia
  • Landmark Communications
  • Merrill Lynch
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Office of the Governor, State of Virginia
  • OMNI International
  • Peat, Marwick and Mitchell, CPA
  • Phillip Morris Corporation
  • Playboy Enterprises
  • Reynolds Corporation
  • Sentara Health Corporation
  • The Ohio State University
  • Tidewater Community College, Virginia
  • Union Camp
  • United Virginia Bank
  • Virginia Beach General Hospital
  • Waters Advertising Agency

Publications

2007      Acrylics, Barclay Sheaks; Author, Professor, Artist, McGraw-Hill Publications
1988      Art in America
1986      Art in America
1981      Eastern Virginia Medical School, Praxis, Department of Psychology; Discovery of Self
1980      Art News
1979      American Artist,  Recognition in Painting Competition
1973      Dewar’s Profile; over 400 international publications (newspapers, magazines, periodicals)

Copies of Art Reviews from print media are no longer being provided, except in a few instances where they are in digitized form.  In some cases, the Washington Post, Richmond Times and others, have posted some on-line that date as far back as 1980.

Education

1969      Bachelor of Architecture, The Ohio State University,  Fine Arts, The Ohio State University (limited minor study)

Travel

Antigua, Aruba, Bahamas, Bahrain, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Canada, Cayman Islands, Croatia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Guam, Honduras, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica,  Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Northern Marianas Islands, Oman, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Saint Croix, Saudi Arabia, Scotland, Spain,  United Arab Emirates, United States, Virginia Islands (British/U.S.)

Artist’s Statement

From the broadest perspective, Stephen Covey may have said it best, “we see the world, not as it is, but as we are!”  We process everything through our own lens; our set of norms, values, beliefs, preferences and prejudices; all cast in stone.  For most, the ability to think creatively outside this “mindset” is challenging; the brain has it’s mind-set, shall we say.  One is fighting the evolution of the brain and the mind that operates within it.

Most artists at some point in time, define their turf and drive a stake in the ground.  Then they proceed to create a lifetime body of work staying inside the fences.  I admire the dedication to stay within the boundaries, but I have found it self-limiting.  From time to time, I have had to move the fences.

I have created a significant number of paintings in three Series, but once I felt I had exhausted the intent, I knew I needed to plow new ground.  The speed and scope of new information coming from every direction through expanding multimedia can be overwhelming at times. As an avid reader on a wide-variety of subjects, I am into everything from neuro-science and evolution of the planet to sustainable design and Calder mobiles.   Twenty-four separate Series over 50 years has been a long ride.  But I continue to move forward.  At the same time I’ve been painting, I have been employed full-time in architecture/urban planning until 2013.  Intellectually, I remain restless, and I will continue to create…something.