MARK PAUL JOHN
I am an American self-taught artist, born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Illinois. My works include illustrations, paintings and murals. In the past few years, I have become more patriotic with my artwork and am referred to by many as the “Freedom Artist”. I am best known for creating a charcoal drawing of three FDNY firefighters hoisting up the American flag after the attacks in NYC at ground zero on 9-11-2001. I have donated prints of my American Pride drawing to firehouses, police departments, military installations and worthy charitable organizations across the world. Over the span of the last 16 years, I have personally delivered over 900 hand colored prints and so proudly was invited to share my story at the TEDx Fountain Hills 2015.
The Soldier Silhouettes series is a collection of 12 paintings which was passionately created to honor our armed forces community as well as helping military/veteran organizations. It is a pleasure to share this series with military communities across the U.S.A. I have spent the past year traveling the Midwest creating larger than life murals of the images at V.F.W.’s and American Legion’s. This artwork is also used as a fundraising mechanism and has helped several hundred organizations over the years. I am also proud to say that I am the first artist in the U.S. to paint a purple heart parking space. I have just completed my second space for the UAW Veteran’s Committee at Chicago’s Ford Motor Company plant.
My most recent painting titled United We Stand is a tribute piece of art that was created to honor and show support for our law enforcement community in America. The original painting is currently travelling and is displayed at police departments across the nation. It is my hope to, one day, have the painting displayed at the White House. With the help of our President, together, we can honor officers and turn the White House blue.
I have been blessed to have worked with so many organizations on this journey of mine, but none greater than being able to help police, fire and military communities in America. Future projects will include focusing and creating a piece to recognize the work and efforts by our nation’s EMT’s.