Born on the mystical plains East of Indianapolis in the pivotal year of 1964 and raised by educators and political activists, John Paul Klinkose began pondering history, aviation, space exploration, and the human condition at an early age. While experiencing the usual Hoosier childhood, he could just as easily arrive home after a hard day of bike-riding to find an impromptu polling place set up in the garage as he could find mac and cheese on the table.
His earliest dreams of astronauts and
Blue; my world is variations of blue. I fell in love with sky and water at an early age. In my life I have been a pilot, sailor and swimmer. I paint against the background of these experiences. To float or fly is to be free or apart from the world, to be in defiance of gravity. My paintings are populated with airplanes and swimmers defying gravity. History, Science and Politics are important to my world view but, there is something more, something transcendent about sailing out of sight of land, flying solo in a small plane or night swimming under the stars. On the edge that can only be viewed when loose or free of the normal moorings. This is what I try to paint about. Paint as an exploration of the transcendent.
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