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John Register (1939-1996) was an American painter who suddenly left his previous career in advertising and became a full time artist. His sunlit interiors miss any living human presence, but are populated with chairs and desks resting in stillness. Register's empty motel rooms and lobbies...

“In my pictures, I think you, the viewer, become the isolated one”.

John Register (1939-1996) was an American painter who suddenly left his previous career in advertising and became a full time artist. His sunlit interiors miss any living human presence, but are populated with chairs and desks resting in stillness, depict a melancholic California. Compared with Edward Hopper, Register commented: “With Hopper you witness someone else’s isolation; in my pictures, I think you, the viewer, become the isolated one.”

“In my pictures, I think you, the viewer, become the isolated one”

Cadillac Hotel, Though different in style than Edward Hopper, Register has in common with him the use of interiors as subject matter, and a sense of the alienation of modern man that has been nearly universal in Century art, whether abstract of realistic.

John Register (1939-1996) was an American painter who suddenly left his previous career in advertising and became a full time artist. His sunlit interiors miss any living human presence, but are populated with chairs and desks resting in stillness. Register’s empty motel rooms and lobbies, bars and diners depict a melancholic California, desolate under its stark sun and shadows. (vía socks-studio.com)

“In my pictures, I think you, the viewer, become the isolated one”

John Register (1939-1996) was an American painter who suddenly left his previous career in advertising and became a full time artist. His sunlit interiors miss any living human presence, but are populated with chairs and desks resting in stillness. Register's empty motel rooms and lobbies...

“In my pictures, I think you, the viewer, become the isolated one”

Thunderstruck (John Register (American, 1939-1996), Coney Island...)

John Register (American, Coney Island BMT, Oil on canvas, x cm.

this large, old diner painting by John Register has been a favorite since I was 16 years old.

this large, old diner painting by John Register has been a favorite since I was 16 years old.

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I first came across John Register when his work got featured in a little-known gem of a film from Curtis Hanson. It served as a mood fixture that parallels with the storyline of the lives of the characters.

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