John A. Clapp, Artist/miniaturist
“I like capturing the uniqueness and beauty of everyday
objects and people. Brainstorming concepts for
trompe l’oeil art is extremely fun when putting objects together to make a
clever play on words. The biggest
compliment that I get is when a collector sees my work for the first time and
they think for example that I have put real paper and real tape together and
wonder why…then they are amazed it is a drawing of those things. I create art to bring enjoyment to
About the Artist
John A. Clapp (b.1968) works in a realistic style using graphite, pastel, colored
pencil, oil and acrylic. From childhood,
John exhibited a great interest in drawing.
At the age of 15, he was inspired to paint by his great-uncle, Bob
Brown, who was also a self-taught artist.
John is a versatile artist, who’s subject matter and style is diverse
and includes whimsical and realistic trompe l’oeil, still life scenes, figures,
and landscapes. He has a sharp eye for
the smallest details. Each work is
carefully composed, giving each object a personality. Some of his highly detailed works take 20 –
40 hours or more to complete.
featured on cover and inside article of Sojourners Magazine, August 2014 issue.
for poetry book, “Search for a Velvet Lined Cape” by Marjorie Manwaring.
2009-Article for AbsoluteArts.com
featuring my artwork and interview by author and art collector, Michael K.
purchased a still life painting-silver/fruit composition.
2006-First Place Award
for “Sugar Bowl” still-life painting at the Aldersgate Art Show in Fort Wayne,
of Senator Dale A. Righter, Member of the House of Representatives, located in
2000-“Best of Show” for
entire artwork display at the Danville Arts in the Park, Danville, Illinois.
for “Blue Jay in the Snow” painting at the Mattoon Arts and Crafts Show in
1997-“Best of Show” for
“In The Sun – Goldfinch” painting at the Arcola Art Fair, Arcola, Illinois.