John Denis

Chicago, USA

glass artist

My work is influenced by the process and assuming consciousness of nature, fusing vibrant organic forces with erosion and time.

John – full time artist for 20 years!

My work is a reflection of my time spent on the Pacific Coast.  The relevance and infinite character of the ocean has always fueled my senses and imagination.






At what age did you know you wanted to be an artist?

At age 5 I was building little machines.  I built a guitar and was writing songs at age 7.  I was writing small scripts at 8.

What is the earliest artwork you did that you can remember?

At age 8 I was building masks and creating costumes. I did a lot of drawing and painting around this time too. My first major sculpture built was an abstract 6’ fountain that was shown at the Hall Barnett Gallery in New Orleans in my early 20’s.  I spent 8 months working on that piece.

Which classical or contemporary artists have inspired you?

The Japanese sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

How would you describe your artistic style?

Tactile, instinctual, minimal.

When did you first sell an artwork? How did you feel?

It was in New Orleans in the 90’s, a metal sculpture for about $600. It was reassuring and exciting!

What's your workstyle? Do you work on one piece at a time or work simultaneously on multiple pieces?

I work on multiple pieces, different stages and I work from the early morning into the early evening, almost every day.

How do you get the inspiration for a new piece?

I do rough notebook sketches through a period of time, and then when ready, I’ll begin the piece.  Each piece comes from different places of inspiration.

Tell us a bit about your personal life ...

I am a full time artist and I travel around the country.  My personal and work life are woven together.

My work presents a modern sensibility to form, texture, light and composition

A few pieces from John’s gallery



More about John

Shows & Exhibitions



ArtSpace 8 Gallery, Chicago IL

Art for Wildlife Gallery, Coronado CA

ArtExpo New York, 2015, 2017

Coconut Grove, Miami FL, 2017

Gold Coast Art Fair, Chicago IL 2016, 2017

Bayou City Art Festival, Houston TX, 2016

Beaux Festival of the Arts, Miami FL, 2017