JOHN BYAM

JOHN BYAM
1929 – | USA

Untitled, u.d. © edlingallery.com
Untitled, u.d. © edlingallery.com

John Byam was born in Oneonta (New York State, USA). As a kid he helped his parents, who owned a camping ground. In 1940s he worked for a railway company, and he served American army in Japan during the Korean War.
After War he went back to live with his parents and worked ad a gravedigger at the local cemetery.

John Byam è nato ad Oneonta (Stato di New York). Sin da giovane aiutò i suoi genitori in un campeggio di loro proprietà. Nel 1940 trovò un impiego in una società ferroviaria per poi, invece, spostarsi a lavorare per l’esercito americano in Giappone, durante la Guerra di Corea.
Dopo la guerra tornò dai genitori e lavorò nel cimitero locale.

Untitled, u.d. Photo: Andrew Edlin Gallery, © Collection de l'Art Brut
Untitled, u.d. Photo: Andrew Edlin Gallery, © Collection de l’Art Brut

Byam works from memory, taking inspiration from family photographs, tv, books, and magazines. He draws with a sure hand, using lead or coloured pencil. He also makes threedimensional works in the long tradition of wooden sculpture in rural America. He assembles small, rough-hewn pieces of wood, using a mixture of sawdust and glue. The locomotives, airplanes and other craft designed by Byam suggest a powerful desire for movement. 

Bram utilizza la memoria, prendendo spunto da fotografie di famiglia, tv, libri e riviste. Disegna in modo sicuro, con colori a piombo o matite colorate. Realizza anche opere tridimensionali, richiamando la lunga tradizione della scultura lignea dell’America rurale. Assembla piccoli pezzi di legno grezzo utilizzando una miscela di segatura e colla. Le locomotive, gli aerei e altre imbarcazioni progettate da Bram suggeriscono un forte desiderio di movimento. 

Untitled, u.d. Photo: Andrew Edlin Gallery, © Collection de l'Art Brut
Untitled, u.d. Photo: Andrew Edlin Gallery, © Collection de l’Art Brut
Untitled, u.d. © edlingallery.com
Untitled, u.d. © edlingallery.com

English bio from Collection de l’Art Brut

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