The Fine Art Gallery at Sunset Framer

John Mangels Artisit

John Mangels, Artist


Artist Statement


My name is John Mangels and I am an abstract expressionist painter. I use a number of mediums to create my paintings including watercolor, acrylics or oil and cold wax. The theme for my work is “Abstract Reality and Beyond”.


My paintings can be characterized by the use of bold colors, high contrast and expressive brush strokes. My paintings express the feeling and emotion that I had when they were created. The abstract, non-objective nature of my work allows the viewer to interpret the paintings through their own experiences and emotions.


The landscape around our home in Southern Utah is a land of bright colors, unique shapes and varied textures. These features generate a dynamic energy that I try to incorporate into my into my paintings in order to create a unique feel that expresses my joy of living in southern Utah.

My art is a journey and it will continue to evolve. The goal of this journey is to continue to discover new ways to express my inner feelings through painting. I hope you will see this evolution as you enjoy my paintings.

Biography

I began my artistic journey after I retired from a successful career in engineering, manufacturing and sales and marketing and moved to St. George in 2007.  I was always interested in art and began taking watercolor classes from a local artist, who not only taught me the techniques of watercolor painting but also introduced me to other painting mediums and art styles as well as teaching me the principles of artistic design.  


I began painting “traditional” watercolor landscapes, but that quickly progressed to painting in the “West Coast” style of watercolor. This was the beginning of my journey to abstraction. From here my landscape painting style began to evolve into an abstracted landscape style and then into non-objective abstraction. 


Along the way, I added acrylics and then oil and cold wax to my painting “toolbox”. At this time, I was also introduced to the surrealism and abstract expressionism movements of painting. I embraced the abstract expressionist style with its bold and expressive brush strokes and its loose, improvisational feel. As a life-long introvert, the expressionist style of painting allows me to express myself in ways that I never could before I started painting in this style.

Through this journey I have taken classes and workshops from a number of local, regional and nationally known artists who all have contributed to my artistic skill and knowledge and have helped me find my artistic voice.  I am a signature member of the Dixie Watercolor Society and a member of the Southern Utah Art Guild. I have served on the board of both organizations.


Honors

Solo Show at the St. George Art Museum – “Abstract Reality and Beyond” – July – September 2021

Featured Artist at Arrowhead Gallery - February 2021

Featured Artist at Gallery 35 – August 2018

Featured Artist at Arrowhead Gallery - September 2016


Awards

Honorable Mention for “Adventure” – Red Cliff Gallery Show – “Colors of the West”

Third Place for “Hop Scotch” – Red Cliff Gallery Show - “Only Abstraction” – June 2021

Honorable Mention for “Circulation” – Red Cliff Gallery Show – “Capturing the Light” – January 2020

Honorable Mention for “Pumpkin Spice” – Red Cliff Gallery Show – Gift of Art” – November 2019

First Place for “Overlap” – Red Cliff Gallery Show - “Only Abstraction – July 2019

First Place for “Springtime Fantasy” – Red Cliff Gallery Show – “Spring” – March 2019

Honorable Mention for “Winters Night” – Red Cliff Gallery Show – “Color of Winter” – January 2019

The conversation artist John Mangels

"Conversation"


John Mangels, Artist

48 x 48, Acrylic on canvas

$2,850

John Mangels Sea Life Acrylic painting

"Sea Life"


John Mangels, Artist

48 x 36, Acrylic on canvas

$2,145

John Mangels Organic Yellow painting

"Organic Yellow"


John Mangels, Artist

36 x 24, Oil/Cold Wax on canvas

$1,295

John Mangels artist painting

"First Day"


John Mangels, Artist

30 x 30, Oil/Cold Wax on canvas

$1,450

John Mangels artist original painting

"Better Times"


John Mangels, Artist

30 x 30, Oil/Cold Wax on canvas

$1,450

John Mangels artist Convergence painting

"Convergence"


John Mangels, Artist

40 x 30, Acrylic on canvas

$1,545

John Mangels Artisit Stonehenge painting

"Stonehenge"


John Mangels, Artist

36 x 36, Acrylic on canvas

$1,745

John Mangels Muted primaries painting

"Muted Primaries"


John Mangels, Artist

36 x 24, Acrylic on canvas

$1,085

John mangels oil and cold wax painting

"Pebbles in the Brook"


John Mangels, Artist

24 x 24, Oil/Cold Wax on canvas

$950

John Mangels has many more original Abstract Impressionistic pieces available, both in smaller and similar sizes. Please visit our gallery in person to view more of his artwork. John offers commissions if you desire a painting in a particular size or color palette.

Please call us for questions about John Mangels's artwork or to schedule a private showing.

1 (435) 673-1710