John Sproul has been a professional artist for over 25 years. He has exhibited throughout the United States, (including New York and extensively in Los Angeles), parts of Europe and Malaysia. Some of the venues he has exhibited in include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Utah Museum of Contemporary Art; The Painting Center, New York; The Kunstwerk Carlshutte, Germany; and the Sienna Art Institute, Italy. As an advocate for the arts he served on the UMFA’s FOCA Executive Committee from 2006-2013 and was Chair in 2013. He co-founded and directed the Art Group (2007-2015); founded and directed the Foster Art Program (2009-2011); founded and directed the Utah Contemporary Art Think Tank (2010-2011); and currently owns and operates Nox Contemporary Art Gallery (a project oriented, non-commercial gallery).
A neurologist can tell from a person’s walk how well the nervous system is working and psychologists can determine certain mental disorders from the same observation. As science progresses it is discovering more and more the significant role the body and its language plays in revealing the inner self. Every movement says something about who we are.
Our bodies and their language do not just say something about who we are as individuals, but it also tells about who we are as a collective whole. It is what the body language states about all of us that Mr Sproul is most interested in. As science has and is discovering, there are many tangible things that can be learned from the body, but there are also many intangible things that can be discerned. It is his endeavor to push against the lines that divide the tangible from the intangible. To open up the understanding of the collective self through imagery, presence and language of the body.
John's personal experiences coupled with his studies in eastern/western philosophy, psychology, religion, sociology and behavioral science have brought him to an understanding that a lot of our communication is done through the body and that we are all connected together through its language. His work is a visual discourse of the collective self.