Calm cool waters, vast rivers of ice, snow geese in flight and endless rows of mountains like frozen waves against a becoming sky, are all part of the Alaska landscape and the art of John Fehringer. With a command of light and a developed creative spirit, John reflects a world of compelling beauty that rivals one's own imagination while spinning the true tales of splendor in Alaska. Take a journey with John as he draws the viewer in for an intimate rendezvous with grandeur, beauty and peace, through his art.
Making art started early with john and soon became an integral form of his creativity and communication, using it to articulate his joy, curiosity and wonder as a response to the world around him. A completely self-taught artist, John works in many mediums, applying his focus more on the creative process then what will become of the final product. “Staying within the creative process keeps the piece fresh for me. It is a satisfying place where I get to draw from the creative muse inside with little or no judgement focused on whether or not the piece is any good or not, or will sell in a gallery. Focusing on the creative journey rather than the final destination keeps the vision exciting and fun for me, a vision that I want to share with others when the piece is finally complete. Very similar to a travel photo one shares when one returns home again.”
For his Alaska landscapes, wildlife and aviation pieces, John primarily works in watercolor using an airbrush to achieve the smooth gradient tones that fill his canvas and have created the signature style we now recognize to be exclusive to a Fehringer piece. Many observers have mistaken John's images to be photographs, speaking to the skill of execution and the command of light displayed in each piece.
Arriving in Alaska by Ferry in 1980, John set up a studio in downtown Juneau where he further developed his style using his Alaskan experience as his primary subject material. In 1984 he published the first in his series of limited edition fine art prints entitled “Inside Waters”, a tribute to the passage that had originally brought him to Alaska. Annie Kaill was the first gallery owner to sell John Fehringer’s work. Since that first successful release John has had numerous one-man shows and released over 80 fine art print editions, more than half of which are now sold out and commanding higher values on the secondary market from collectors. His series of light aircraft images have particularly captured the imagination of aviation enthusiasts and gained him a reputation and standing in Who's Who in Aviation Art worldwide.
John Fehrigher's new work:
In his most recent releases, John has been creating in a new style. This art is a fusion of art nouveau, craftsman and graphic novel styles that John has developed into his own new signature style. John says, "It is always scary to begin something new but after the experimentation of a dozen or more styles over the years, mostly that the public never sees, I thought it was time to come out of the creative closet and present a fresh look." We love John's latest work and we hope you do too!