Biography

I make simple visual statements with my artwork, regardless of the subject matter. Simplicity is peaceful, and reinforces the blessing of our existence. Through the medium of oil paint, I have a language for my gratitude.

John P. Lasater IV developed a love for art working as a designer and illustrator for a division of Hallmark Cards. Fine art was a natural transition after years of study and practice. John now paints full time, both from his studio in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, and on the road painting “en plein air”. He also teaches workshops in venues around the United States and internationally.

John’s honors include national plein air painting awards, artist-in-residency’s, feature articles in both Southwest Art and Plein Air Magazine, and mentions in art magazines including Art of the West, Southwest Art, International Artist, and Plein Air Magazine.

Part of John’s mission is to promote the arts in areas currently indifferent to it. He is accomplishing this through Heart of America Artists’ Association, an organization cofounded with artist and friend, Todd A. Williams. John also created the “24 Paintings in 24 Hours” tour in which he partnered with galleries in small towns, showcasing his love of outdoor painting by creating 24 plein air paintings in 24 straight hours.

John studied under master artists Israel Hershberg, C.W. Mundy, Carolyn Anderson, John Budicin, and Todd A. Williams.

COLLECTIONS

Bass Pro Shops
Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine
Fort Smith Regional Art Museum
San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Lindenwood University
John Brown University
George and Peggy Rapp
Hamel Family Wines
Big Cedar Lodge Resort
Top of the Rock Resort
Gaston’s White River Resort
Illinois River Watershed Partnership

MEMBERSHIPS

Laguna Plein Air Painters Association – Signature Member
Outdoor Painters Society – Signature Member
Oil Painters of America
American Impressionist Society

AWARDS

2017 “BEST OF SHOW”, Plein Air Southwest Salon, Dallas, Texas (Judge: Kenn Backhaus)
2017 “Spirit of Atlanta (Top 3)”, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia
2016 “BEST OF SHOW” and “ARTISTS’ CHOICE”, Easels in Frederick, Maryland
2016 “ARTISTS’ CHOICE” and “COLLECTORS’ CHOICE”, Maui Plein Air Invitational, Hawaii
2016 “Award of Excellence”, Plein Air Southwest Salon, Dallas, Texas (Judge: Marc Hanson)
2016 “Honorable Mention (Top 5)”, Best of Plein Air Show, Laguna Plein Air Painters, California
2016 “Honorable Mention (Top 5)”, Door County Plein Air Festival, Wisconsin
2015 “BEST OF SHOW”, Sedona Plein Air Festival, Arizona (Judge: Randall Sexton)
2015 “1ST PLACE”, Door County Plein Air Festival, Wisconsin (Judge: Lori Putnam)
2015 “1ST PLACE” and “ARTISTS’ CHOICE”, Plein Air Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
2015 “Still Life-Award of Excellence”, Oil Painters of America National Exhibition
2015 “Award of Excellence”, Plein Air Southwest Salon, Dallas, Texas
2015 “Best of Show”, Rice Gallery Juried Plein Air Gallery Exhibition, Kansas City
2015 “2ND PLACE”, Telluride Plein Air, Colorado
2015 “Spirit of San Angelo Award”, EnPleinAir Texas, San Angelo, Texas
2015 “1ST PLACE” (non-juried category), Quick Draw, Paint Annapolis
2015 “Honorable Mention”, Easels in Frederick, Maryland
2015 “Finalist”, Gateway to Sedona Artist Competition, January
2014 “BEST OF SHOW” and “COLLECTORS’ CHOICE”, Easels in Frederick, Maryland
2014 “Gallery Award”, Urban Beauty Exhibit, Randy Higbee Gallery, California
2014 “Honorable Mention”, EnPleinAir Texas, San Angelo, Texas
2014 “Honorable Mention”, Plein Air Richmond, Virginia
2014 “BEST OF SHOW” and “ARTISTS’ CHOICE” Plein Air on the White River, Arkansas
2014 “2ND PLACE OIL” Augusta Plein Air, Augusta, Missouri
2014 “Merit Award” First Brush of Spring Paintout, Indiana
2014 “BEST OF SHOW” Plein Air Southwest Salon, Dallas, Texas (Judge: Jill Carver)
2014 “3RD PLACE” Richeson75 Still Life and Floral Exhibit, 2 Paintings in Show
2014 “Merit Award” Missouri Valley Impressionist Society Annual Show
2014 “FIRST PLACE” Face Off: A Portraiture Competition, Arkansas Arts Center
2013 “ARTISTS/PEOPLES CHOICE” Light on the Land Invitational, St Jo, Texas
2013 “2ND PLACE” Quick Draw, Plein Air Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
2013 “3RD PLACE” Stems Plein Air, Kansas City, Missouri
2013 “BEST OF SHOW” and “PEOPLE’S CHOICE” Plein Air on the White River, Arkansas
2013 “1ST PLACE” Daily Purchase Award, Augusta Plein Air, Missouri
2013 “Merit Award” First Brush of Spring Paintout, Indiana
2013 “1ST PLACE” Quick Draw, First Brush of Spring Paintout, Indiana
2012 “1ST PLACE” Night Painting, Big Cedar Paintout, Missouri (Judge: John Budicin)
2012 “2ND PLACE” Quick Draw, Big Cedar Paintout, Missouri (Judge: John Budicin)
2012 “2ND PLACE” Maple Leaf Festival Plein Air Paintout, Missouri
2012 “BEST OF SHOW” and “ARTISTS’ CHOICE” Plein Air Rockies, Estes Park, Colorado
2012 “1ST PLACE” Stems Plein Air, Kansas City, Missouri
2011 “2ND PLACE” Quick Draw, Big Cedar Lodge Paintout, Missouri (Judge: Matt Smith)
2011 “3RD PLACE” Maple Leaf Festival Plein Air Paintout, Missouri
2011 “1ST PLACE” Sangres Art Guild Paintout, Westcliffe, Colorado (Judge: Joshua Been)
2011 “3RD PLACE” St. Avips Art Auction and Ball, Missouri
2010 “1ST PLACE” Nocturnal, Big Cedar Lodge Paintout, Missouri (Judge: Guido Frick)
2010 “2ND PLACE” Maple Leaf Festival Plein Air Paintout, Missouri
2010 “1ST PLACE” White River Plein Air Festival, Arkansas
2010 “2ND PLACE” St. Avips Art Auction and Ball, Missouri
2009 “BEST OF SHOW” St. Avips Art Auction and Ball, Missouri
2009 “BEST OF SHOW” Still Life Competition, Fort Smith Art Center, Arkansas

EXHIBITIONS

2017 American Impressionist Society Small Works Exhibition
2017 Invited Artist, Maui Plein Air Invitational, Maui, Hawaii
2017 Two Man Show, South Arkansas Artists Center, El Dorado, Arkansas
2017 Two Man Show, Justus Fine Art, Hot Springs, Arkansas
2016 American Impressionist Society National Exhibition
2016 Invited Artist, Forgotten Coast Plein Air, Apalachacola, Florida
2016 Invited Artist, Laguna Beach Plein Air Invitational
2016 Invited Artist, Easton Plein Air Invitational
2016 Plein Air Painting Exhibition, Lindenwood University, St. Louis, Missouri
2015 Co-curator for the 2015 Illinois River Salon, Bentonville, Arkansas
2015 Invited Artist, Olmsted Plein Air Invitational, Atlanta, Georgia
2014 Private Plein Air Exhibit for President George W. Bush
2014 Invited Artist, Door County Plein Air Festival
2014 Invited Artist, Plein Air Invitational at Henry Zarrow Center, Tulsa, Oklahoma
2014 “Watershed Artist Series” Solo Plein Air Exhibition, IRWP, Cave Springs, Arkansas
2014 Co-curator for the 2014 Illinois River Salon, Bentonville, Arkansas
2013 “Watershed Artist Series” Solo Plein Air Exhibition, The Jones Center, Arkansas
2013 Co-curator for the 2013 Illinois River Salon, Bentonville, Arkansas
2012 “Guest Artist” Big Cedar Lodge Plein Air Paintout, Branson, Missouri
2012 Two Person Plein Air Exhibition, Broadview Country Club, Missouri
2012 American Plein Air Showcase, John Brown University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
2012 One Man Show at artCentral, Carthage, Missouri
2011 Featured Artist, Local Color Gallery, Joplin, Missouri
2011 Two Person Show at Cherry’s Gallery, Carthage, Missouri
2011 Invited Artist, Callaway Gardens Plein Air Invitational, Georgia
2010 Invited Artist, Garvan Gardens Plein Air Invitational, Arkansas
2010 Invited Artist, Callaway Gardens Plein Air Invitational, Georgia
2009 Invited Artist, Garvan Gardens Plein Air Invitational, Arkansas
2008 Invited Artist, Fine Art Connoisseur Publishers Invitational Retreat, Texas
2007 Oil Painters of America, Central Region Competition
2007 One Man Exhibition, Van Buren Center for Arts and Education, Arkansas
2007 Arkansas State Capitol, Two-year Exhibition
2005 The Best and The Brightest Show, Scottsdale Artists School, Arizona

BIBLIOGRAPHY

Plein Air Magazine (Online Edition), December 2016, Finding Direction in Historic Masterpieces
Lines and Colors Blog, December 2016, John P. Lasater
Plein Air Magazine, November 2016, “Winners in Door County”, pg. 80. “What Happened in Frederick, MD”, pg. 81
Oil Painters of America Blog, April 25, 2016, The Twelve O’Clock – A Case for Representational Painting in the 21st Century
Parka Blogs, February 2016, Art Tools of John Lasater
In The Artist Studio, January 2016, Ask the Expert…John Lasater IV
Southwest Art, September 2015, “Plein Air Rockies”, pg. 70
Southwest Art, June 2015, “Connecting with Beauty”, Artist Profile
PleinAirCollector.com, April 2015, Plein Air Southwest Salon Winners Announced
Southwest Art, April 2015, Show Preview | Outdoor Painters Society Show
OutdoorPainter.com, February 2015, Spotlight on PACE Faculty: John P. Lasater IV
PleinAirCollector.com, November 2014, First Year Strong for San Angelo, Texas, Event
Plein Air Magazine, Oct/Nov 2014, “Sharing the Plein Air Journey”, Artist Profile
Southwest Art Magazine, October 2014, FULL-PAGE Advertisement
Plein Air Magazine, September 2014, “Winners in Plein Air on the White River”, pg. 78
International Artist Magazine, October/November 2014, “Advance Practice In Art, Part 2” by Tim Breaux
Artists Helping Artists Podcast, August 2014, A Conversation with Artist John Lasater
OutdoorPainter.com, August 2014, Who Is Featured in the Next Issue of PleinAir Magazine?
OutdoorPainter.com, July 2014, Lasater Paints 24 Paintings in 24 Hours Again
PleinAirCollector.com, July 2014, Two From Arkansas Win Big at Easels in Frederick
John Pototschnik Blog Interview, May 2014, John Porter Lasater IV Interview
OutdoorPainter.com, March 2014, Building an Audience for Art — What Can We Do?
OutdoorPainter.com, March 2014, Diebenkorn Can Set You Free
OutdoorPainter.com, April 2014, Winners at Plein Air Southwest Salon
Richeson75 Still Life & Floral Exhibit 2014 Catalog, Third Place and two paintings in exhibit
OutdoorPainter.com, November 2013, 24 Paintings in 24 Hours
Plein Air Magazine, November 2013, “Plein Air Rockies”, pg. 98
Southwest Art Magazine, June 2013, FULL-PAGE Advertisement
OutdoorPainter.com, October 2012, 3rd Annual Maple Leaf Festival in Missouri
OutdoorPainter.com, September 2012, Plein Air Rockies in CO Featured
Plein Air Magazine Facebook, August 2012, John Lasater Holding Blue Ribbon
Plein Air Magazine Digital Version, June/July 2012, “Awards in New Harmony, IN”
Art Of The West Magazine, January/February 2012, “Plein Air Awards”, pg. 80
Plein Air Magazine, Summer 2011, “Painting Springtime Gardens”, pg. 94

PRESENTATIONS

2017 Speaker and Demonstrator, Shadows on the Teche Plein Air, Louisiana
2016 Speaker and Demonstrator, Plein Air South, Apalachacola, Florida
2016 Speaker and Demonstrator, Ohio Plein Air Society, Columbus, Ohio
2014 Demonstrator, Plein Air Convention, Monterey, California

JUDGESHIPS

2017 Judge of Shadows on the Teche Plein Air, Louisiana
2015 Judge of Steelville Plein Air Festival, Missouri
2014 Judge of Thomas Hart Benton Show, Missouri
2009 Judged John Brown University Student Art Competition
2008 Judged John Brown University Student Art Competition
2006 Co-judged First Brush of Spring Plein Air Event, Indiana

RESIDENCIES

2013-2014 Artist in Residence, Illinois River Watershed Partnership, Cave Springs, AR
2011 Artist in Residence, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri

WORKSHOP TEACHING

2017 Dual Plein Air Workshop with Jason Sacran, Maui, Hawaii
2017 Dual Studio Landscape Workshop with Jason Sacran, El Dorado, Arkansas
2016 Plein Air Workshop, Dot Courson Workshops, Mississippi
2016 Still Life Workshop, Little Rock, Arkansas
2016 Dual Plein Air Workshop with Jason Sacran, Newnan, Georgia
2016 Dual Plein Air Workshop with Jason Sacran, Maintstreet Art Center, Illinois
2016 Nancy Paris Pruden Workshops, Houston, Texas
2016 Ohio Plein Air Society Workshop, Columbus, Ohio
2015 Dual Plein Air Workshop with Jason Sacran, Newnan, Georgia
2015 Still Life Workshop, St. Louis, Missouri
2014 Still Life Retreat & Workshop, Siloam Springs, Arkansas
2014 Plein Air Workshop (Fall), Cave Springs, Arkansas
2014 Plein Air Workshop (Fall), Fort Smith, Arkansas
2014 Plein Air Workshop (Fall), St. Louis, Missouri
2014 Plein Air Classes, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Arkansas
2014 Still Life Workshop, John Brown University, Arkansas
2014 Plein Air Workshop (Spring), Cave Springs, Arkansas
2013 Plein Air Workshop (Fall), Cave Springs, Arkansas
2013 “Painting the Impressionistic Model” Workshop, Cherry’s Gallery, Missouri
2013 Plein Air Workshop (Summer), Cave Springs, Arkansas
2012 Still Life Workshop, Berryville, Arkansas
2012 Plein Air Workshop, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri
2012 Plein Air Workshop, Joplin, Missouri
2011 Still Life Workshop, Joplin, Missouri
2011 Still Life Workshop, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri
2011 Plein Air Workshop, Big Cedar Lodge, Branson, Missouri
2011 Still Life Workshop, Springfield, Missouri

I give all the honor to God, who grants us the strength and desire to do the things that please Him (Ph. 2:13). When I paint, there’s a deep sense I’m pleasing the true Creator.

Advertisement as seen in Plein Air Magazine. John is an Ambassador for Rembrandt Artist Oil Colors.

In October 2014, John was invited by Bass Pro Shops to put on a private plein air demonstration and exhibit for President George W. Bush.