John McCaw - Target, photo via

John McCaw /   John McCaw

United States 1967


John McCaw
John McCaw
United States
March 30, 2016

When the painting is a family business, there exists a natural alchemy and it is not hard to be a successful artist. Working with his father, Dan Mc Caw and younger brother Danny McCaw, despite their influences, John McCaw created a personal style and a different vision. His rough paintings are colored with the earth tones, emphasized by strongly designed simple shapes. Connecting his two professions, anthropology and art, his work evokes organic appearance interpreting objects from the past. Its main characteristic is spontaneity, considering that instinct has the primary role in the creation.

Earth tones are emphasized by strong design and simple shapes

John McCaw - Entangled (left) - Place in Time (right), copyrights artist
John McCaw – Entangled (left) – Place in Time (right), copyrights artist

You Have to Look Beyond

McCaw received his bachelor degree at California State University and his work has been shown in numerous solo and group exhibitions. Of crucial importance for the understanding and interpretation of McCaw’s paintings are imagination, the possibility of conclusion, ability to look beyond the surface and analogy. Suggesting universal themes, as life and death, joy and sadness or religion, it involves a more abstract goal of finding meaning. It can be interpreted in many different levels and despite the individual interpretation, these paintings are totally opposite in the production. McCaw’s creation is not restricted by anything. It is the endless resource of emotions and his internal sense.

Connecting the present and the past, absorbing the environment and possessing the endless imagination, this artist brings to his canvases the perfect harmony which he was found between his inner passions and outer expression. Using the simple shapes, emphasized by strong form and heavy surface, John McCaw visually provokes with organic colors, encouraging the viewer to ask questions. His academic education in ceramics and anthropology coming to the surface in every aspect of his artwork. Emotionally connected or visually attracted, McCaw strives to depict pure and unique experience.

John McCaw - Accelerate, photo via
John McCaw – Accelerate, photo via

Relics from the Past

Clearly influenced by his brother and father, he has articulated his expression in the special and unique way. Exhibiting together, these three artists have some similarities, but the differences are much more pronounced. Many of John McCaw’s paintings seems like relics from the past which contain elements of life, suggesting that anatomy of human existence was revealed. At the first glance, they look darkly and gloomy, but if he uses just a little bit brighter colors, everything takes totally different meaning. The simple shapes contribute to the feeling of universality revealing the essence of pictorial representation.

John McCaw is represented by Gallery 1261, Denver.

John McCaw lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

Featured image: John McCaw – Target (detail), photo via
All images used for illustrative purpose only

YearExhibition titleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2015 McCaw CollectiveDistrict 3 Contemporary, Los Angelessolo
2015John McCawAnne Irwin Gallery, Atlantasolo
2015A Friendly Challenge Gallery 1261, Denversolo
2014 The McCaws, An Artistic Legacy Anne Irwin Gallery, Atlantagroup
2014UnknownGallery 1261, Denvergroup
2014The White Show Anne Irwin Gallery, Atlantasolo
2014Art Auction Long Beach Museum, Long Beachgroup
2013 Three Man Show Morris Whiteside Gallery, Hilton Headgroup
2013Long Beach Museum Auction Long Beachgroup
2013UnknownCalifornia Museum of Fine Art, Torrancegroup
2012UnknownGallery 1261, Denvergroup
2012C.P.W. Converge Show Gallery 25, New York Citygroup
2012Life in the AbstractAnne Irwin, Atlantasolo
2012Past and Presence Lancaster Museum, Lancastersolo
2012Three Man Show Morris Whiteside Gallery, Hilton Headgroup
2011 Windows to the DivineMadden Museum, Denversolo
2011In Winter Gallery 1261, Denversolo
2011Three Man show District 3, Los Angelesgroup
2011Three Man show Gallery 1261, Denvergroup
2011Three Man Show Ann Irwin Gallery, Atlantagroup
2010 Squares, Small works Gallery 1261, Denver solo
2009 American Art Invitational Saks Gallery, Denvergroup
2009Contemporary Figure Gallery 1261, Denvergroup
2008 American Art Invitational Saks Gallery, Denvergroup
2008UnknownSalon Du Muse’e, Denvergroup
2008Group Exhibition , Small Works Gallery 1261, Denvergroup
2007 One Man Show Timmons Gallery, Rancho Santa Fesolo
2007Interpretation of the Figure Gallery 1261, Denver solo
2007Two Man ShowCoda Gallery Palm Desertduo
2006John McCaw Salon d’ Arts, Denversolo
2006P.V. Collects Palos Verdes group
2006Summer Invitational, Small Works Gallery 1261, Denvergroup
2005 Family Tradition Show Wendt Gallery, Laguna Bchgroup
2005 Family Tradition Show Emerging Artist, Scottsdalegroup
2005 Family Tradition ShowTimmons Gallery, Solana Bchgroup
2005 Anne Irwin InvitationalAtlantagroup
2005Studies and Small Works ExhibitionGallery 1261, Denversolo
2004Family Tradition Show Wendt Gallery, Laguna Bchgroup
2004 Three Man ShowTrailside Gallery, Jacksongroup
2004Opening ExhibitionMendenhall-Sobieski Gallery, Pasadenagroup
2003 Family Tradition ShowTimmons Gallery, Solana Bchgroup
2003Summer Salon Wendt Gallery, Laguna Bchgroup
2001 Family Tradition ShowTimmons Gallery, Solana Bchgroup