John Haverty was born in Boston (Massachusetts). His various travels around the world have influenced the diverse body of work that he currently illustrates and paints. His watercolor paintings, only made on ARCHES® Watercolor cold press 156 lb rolls, are highly colored and full of details that instantly catch the eye while keeping the viewer’s attention.
John Haverty has a rather unusual way of working. When it comes to art-making, both his process and subject matter are inspired by what he is deeply afraid of. He despises the dark, but is a nocturnal worker. Solitude unsettles him, but he deliberately works in lonely environments. These exaggerations help build a wonderland radiating paranoia.
Gangrene is an on-going collage project that started in 2013. The collage consists of watercolor and ballpoint pen drawings cut out and adhered to vinyl. Currently, the collage stretches 35 feet long and 9 feet high.
Gangrene presents an ambiguous visual feast that sheds light on problems vexing society such as unchecked population growth, over consumption, pollution and war that we have come to accept as the norm. The work is titled Gangrene, because similar to the condition, if left unchecked these issues will destroy us. The collage mimics an untreated wound, manifesting and devouring the vacuous space that surrounds it.