John McNamara Exhibition

Event date

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00pm to Friday, December 22, 2017 - 4:00pm


University Art Gallery | Theater Building (Bldg #7)


Nikki Boudreau


Painting depicting a man with his face burning off and a woman screaming with her legs and arms outstretchedExhibition:

Monday, November 20, 2017 to Friday, December 22, 2017


Thursday, December 7 at 5:30 pm, artist talk at 6:00 pm

For the past 31 years, John McNamara has investigated the relationship between painting and photography by making surrealist photomontages and then covering them with a layer of oil paint. McNamara says that for him “collage is a time machine of sorts. The painted skin on top jettisons the photo document into the world of painting; but these people, places and things still speak from underneath the painted skin.” The paintings in this exhibition were created between 1997 and 2017 and focus on “conceptions of transcendence, moments in popular culture, and sharable life realities.”

McNamara received his MFA at the Massachusetts College of Art in 1977 and has taught at UC Berkeley since 1993. He has been the recipient of multiple prestigious art fellowships including one from the National Endowment for the Arts. McNamara has been featured in several magazines including Art News, Artforum, and Art in America, and his work resides in the collections of major art museums such as the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the List Visual Art Center at MIT, and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

You can view more of John McNamara's work at

Maps & Location

Parking Lot 2 will be reserved to park free of charge during the reception from 5-9 pm on Thursday, December 7.