Voices Studios announces the opening of Beyond the Boundaries:

Paintings of John C. Badger – Abstract Expressionist

About the Artist: Born in Dubuque, Iowa, the mysterious and eccentric John Badger was more than an abstract expressionist artist—he was a charismatic force, weaving his personality seamlessly into both his art and lifestyle. A graduate of Wahlert High School, Badger pursued his passion for art and psychology, earning a Bachelor’s degree from Loras College. His journey then led him to the Los Angeles Art Center on a scholarship, culminating in a Master’s degree from California State at Long Beach in 1968.

For two decades, Badger immersed himself in the vibrant art scene of California, honing his craft while also contributing to the artistic community through teaching, leading seminars, and applying his craftsmanship to extensive restoration projects. His artistic journey took a turn when he found himself in Taos, New Mexico, where he spent years absorbing the rich cultural tapestry of the Southwest.

Returning to the Midwest, Badger established a home and studio, and in 1995, he settled in the picturesque Galena, IL. Nestled in an antebellum home on Bench Street, Badger lived life much like he painted—making up his own rules and reveling in the freedom of expression.

Exhibition Overview: beyond the boundaries is a retrospective celebration of Badger’s life and art, showcasing the evolution of his abstract expressionist works that defy convention. Badger’s paintings, like his life, are a testament to the belief that there is no distinct beginning, middle, or end—an exploration of the boundless nature of creativity. According to Gene Tully, Trustee of the Badger Trust “John was very appreciative of those who brightened their homes and businesses with his vibrant paintings. Perhaps by recognizing the beauty in his work, the viewer shares a common vision with the artist in seeing beyond the boundaries.”

The exhibition invites viewers to immerse themselves in the fluidity of Badger’s brushstrokes, each canvas a reflection of his charismatic personality and a journey through the landscapes of his experiences. From the vibrant hues of California to the earthy tones of New Mexico, Badger’s work encapsulates the essence of a life lived on his own terms.

His work, now held in numerous private collections and the John C. Badger Art Trust, speaks to the timeless allure of abstract expressionism and the enduring legacy of an artist who embraced a philosophy of boundless creativity.

Exhibition Details:

Paintings of John C. Badger – Abstract Expressionist (1945- 2012)

Voices Studios, 1585 Central Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa 52001

Opening Reception March 1, 2024, 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm, Exhibition continues through April 27, 2024

Proceeds support programming of Voices Studios, 501 (c)3

Voices Studios is pleased to host the opening Reception on Friday, March 1, featuring the paintings of the artist throughout the entire Voices Studios facility. Immerse yourself in striking, large scale art while enjoying cash bar refreshments and generous appetizers while Badger’s friend, Kameron Cole, interprets the moment with his cello.

Join us and participate in the expanding art scene in the Central Corridor. There is no charge for this event.

Voices Studios is located at 1585 Central Avenue, Dubuque, IA. Be a part of the gallery’s evolving exhibitions that create dialog, engage the community, and enrich the experience of the arts in Dubuque.

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