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John Petrey

559 East Main Street
Chattanooga, TN 37408, U.S.A.
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Phone: 407-645-1718

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Artist Statement

Since 1981, I’ve been creating art that stirs the emotions of the viewer.  As I’ve grown as an artist, my work has become more of an expression of my soul.

Images in nature, art, and new technology all influence me. 
I’m especially intrigued by the moments in life that catch my eye, 
random ideas that erupt in my mind, and words people say 
that just hang in the air.
I’m constantly re-formulating the process of my creative thinking. 
I’ll observe something that strikes a chord with me, 
tuck it away in my mind, and later it becomes an inspiration to me. 
As a result, my art can be lighthearted and
whimsical or deeply symbolic.
Imagination is the most powerful tool humans possess.

Biographical Narrative


Born in 1958, in Southern California, an only child to parents who were both self employed.  After school I spent my afternoons watching television and movies portraying perfect people, in perfect families, living in a perfect society.  I now realize how much viewing these shows influenced me as well as my career path. I went on to receive an A.S. Degree in Graphic Design from Mt. San Jacinto College and a B.S. Degree from Brooks Institute in Commercial Photography.  Utilizing my talents and skills as a craftsperson I built elaborate film sets throughout the 80’s and 90’s, I gained national recognition of my photography of Food, Celebrities and Advertising.

In 2004 I closed my photo studio to pursue my passion for sculpture and have since created several diverse bodies of work.