John G. Blair has been a photographer, artist, and author as far back as he can remember, clear back into elementary school. He has been a professional for nearly 50 years. He grew up in Long Beach and Newport Beach, California. After graduating from UC Irvine, he set up his studio in Pasadena, California. In 2001, in search of a slower paced, more artistic life, John, his wife and his dogs moved to a small rural town nestled amongst the Northern California coastal redwoods.
John’s photographs and art have appeared in numerous books, magazines, newspapers, and other publications throughout the world. He published his own newspaper when he was 12, was photo editor at UC Irvine’s newspaper, ran an “unofficial” newspaper in the Army for a number of years, and has written four books on digital photography. He received the Photographic Business and Arts Degree from the Professional Photographers of California and a number of awards from various professional photography organizations. He has spoken to numerous schools and community groups, given seminars to professional photographers, and has taught photography courses part time at the high school level. He has appeared on television including CBS’s Eye on the Bay, French television’s “This Crazy World”, and several times on “Your Neighborhood Network”, a cable television program in the San Gabriel Valley of Southern California. He and his wife do a short weekly radio show together.
John has shown his work in a number of indoor and outdoor art shows, participated in open studio visits, been part of group exhibitions, exhibited in local retail businesses, sold his work through various retail stores, and had several solo exhibitions.
John enjoys variety in his art, probably like many artists. He is currently focusing his attention on a style of impressionist photography he calls “Neosymbolism”, a reference to Paul Gauguin’s art in Tahiti. John’s art has a similar look with bright colors, a flattened look, and a somewhat primitive style. His favorite subjects are colorful scenes, women, and nudes. He enjoys working in series.