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Many Lenses: Artworks by John McAlpine

A pastel drawing of some fruitJuicy Fruit

Based in Everett, Washington, John McAlpine is an artist of many trades. Working in media including paint, drawing, pastels, pencils, and photography, John captures the world around him through many lenses.


A photograph of a bird near a pond in FloridaUntitled

I enjoy looking through John’s photo galleries, at all of the artist’s photographs of the local wildlife, especially birds. It’s rather impressive how close to his subjects John is able to get, and this proximity makes for some images that are fascinating from both an aesthetic and a scientific viewpoint. John also photographs architectural moments, and landscape.


A screen capture of the front  page of John McAlpine's art


The artist’s traditional portfolio includes abstractions, still-life works and portraits. John seems to celebrate the texture and necessary imperfections of pastel and other traditional media, choosing heavy, deliberate lines and bright colors to leave evidence of his own hand and presence. In some cases, such as in his gallery “Drawings… of a sort,” John gets quite experimental, creating cartoonish, half-abstractions that showcase a genuine enjoyment of the artistic process.

An ink drawing of a dog or cat by John McAlpineSweetheart the Wonder Dog. Or Cat., colored pen

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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