My work is about self-examination. I draw inspiration from many sources, but I use humor, text and comic imagery as an invitation into my work.
My paintings begin spontaneously layering paint, but eventually a loose narrative is created driving the direction and choices I make. Text adds to the narrative playing off images. Sometimes words are made up and assigned meaning, often becoming commentary on the painting itself.
Ultimately I’m interested in seeing how my ideas manifest on canvas.
His paintings have been exhibited in California, Nevada, Chicago, New York, Hawaii, Venezuela, Japan and Norway, and are held in numerous private collections, as well as, the Asian American Art Centre in New York, the Nevada Museum of Art in Reno and the Triton Museum of Art and Crocker Art Museum in California.
Fortes has received grants from the Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission and the California Arts Council. In 2004 John was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant.