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Front Porch Therapy
  • John L. Newman
    born 1948
    born: Rohwer, Arkansas, United States ; active: United States
  • Front Porch Therapy, 1987
  • Where object was made: United States
  • acrylic on canvas
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 1943 x 2115 mm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 76 1/2 x 83 1/4 in
  • Bequest of Richard M. Hollander
  • Not on display
  • 1991.0164
Label Text

Exhibition Label:
"Big Stuff: Contemporary Art from the Collection," Jun-1998
John Newman has a BA and MFA from the University of Kansas and now teaches at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. Front Porch Therapy, painted the same year Newman left the Kansas City area, depicts a group of people on a porch. Newman’s subjects are people he knows. He paints them broadly so that the luscious texture and color of the paint contrast to what he describes as his somewhat chaotic subjects and sad situations.