Looking back through the history of art, many artists, like Lawrence Weiner or Cy Twombly, made writing a part of their concept. But the artist that John “JonOne” Perello is most compared to is Jackson Pollock. Maybe at first sight the abstract aesthetics and the energy of the canvases are comparable, but in their details they are very diverse. Jackson Pollock did not intend to illustrate writing, as his artistic background of abstract expressionism derives from the New York School in the 1940s. As an autodidact John “JonOne” Perello has had no fine arts education. Through the obsessively repetitive writing of his tag, his roots in graffiti are still evident.
Although raised in the heart of African-American and Hispanic communities and although he should have been pursuing a regular and normal path, he always knew there was only one way. His journey though the urban jungle led him to his artistic essence: repeating his tag: his signature as well as his name.
Tania di Brita