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    Jon Sarkin Featured in Jared Charney Photography

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    What took you so long? Charney and DiGregorio

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    Jon Sarkin

    That flying fish didn’t as much speak to me; that wicked metallic tuna up and gaffed my psyche.

    I’d never been to Gloucester. Not until an iron-cold January afternoon last year. Nor had I heard of artist Jon Sarkin.

    Yet here I was, on Gloucester’s sinewy Main Street: The aforementioned brutalist sculpture, poised above Sarkin’s Fish City Studio had pulled me in as if it wielded some preternatural force.

    Inasmuch, Jon Sarkin wasn’t making himself, or his art particularly accessible. The picture window that fronted Sarkin’s studio was all but hermetically veiled by Boston Globe pages: 30-year old broadsheets turned yellow-brown that straight-armed the casual observer, or mildly curious.

    But that wouldn’t be my fate.

    Craning my neck drastically to the right, I found a maybe two-inch gap in the window covering. Reposed against what appeared to be the rear of the narrow, hard-edged workspace, I could discern a hooded figure. The latter seemed more Unabomber than Hopper or Homer.

    Before I knew it, some synchronous gyre, some unforeseen vortex had lifted me up the cement stoop. Pushing my way in the door, a debris field that spoke to an explosion of mad genius spread before me.

    All over the wooden floor, on nine foot lengths of canvas stretched across facing walls, stacked haphazardly into every dusty corner lay Sarkin’s oeuvre: a distilling of Basquiat meets Steadman meets Fluxist-influenced paintings and sketches. Save for a few, all were stippled in bursts of verse, as though Sarkin sampled fellow Nor’easters Jack Kerouac and Jonathan Richman.

    Noticing big dollops of bright paint on his sweatshirt, I knew this was Sarkin. Yet rather than introduce himself, he asked in a tone equally deadpan as it was bemused, “What took you so long?”

    I’ve been in the thrall of Gloucester’s magus-conjurer ever since. —Michael DiGregorio

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    Sarkin Photos

    Great photos of Sarkin as taken by Liam King over the years.  Check them out at jsarkin.com/photos

    If you’re interested in high-resolution photos of Jon’s art, check out at jsarkin.com/art.

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    Fish City Studios

    Sarkin’s new studio on:

    39 Main St.

    Gloucester, MA 01930

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    Bandit Kings CD Cover

    Sarkin designs the cover art for local band’s latest album “Epic Hello.” Check out Dan King and the Bandit Kings.

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    Bluefin (Thunnus thynnus)


    Bluefin (Thunnus thynnus)

    Original artwork for the Large Pelagics Research Center in Gloucester, MA.

     

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    Mackerel


    “Mackerel” (2011): Mixed Media on Canvas, 70″ X 210″

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    Shoot with visual artist Jon Sarkin for UK’s The Guardian

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    Guardian.co.uk ‘The man who couldn’t stop drawing’

    The Man who Couldn’t Stop Drawing

    Jon Sarkin was working as a chiropractor when a stroke changed him. Suddenly, he was self-absorbed, rude and fighting a compulsive desire to create art.

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    The Curious Case of an Accidental Artist

    The curious case of an accidental artist
    by Robbie Collin

    A rare side effect of a stroke is that it can lead to significant personality changes. Here, we meet a chiropractor who woke up to find that he had a talent for painting.

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