John Drury lives with his wife and children in Brooklyn, NY. John earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design in 1983 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in sculpture and painting) from the Ohio State University in 1985. John is a founding trustee of Glass Axis (1987) a not-for-profit public access glass facility, recently celebrating their 25th year and located in Columbus, Ohio.
Mr. Drury was both awarded the Pernod Liquid Art Award and included in the first New York Biennial of Glass at UrbanGlass, in 1994. Mr. Drury then had a solo exhibition: Studies in Salvation; Purgatory at UrbanGlass’s Robert Lehman Gallery (1995). The critic John Perreault writes in reference to that exhibition for Glass magazine (#60), “Drury has a storyteller’s gift for combining unlikely objects as though they were a string of events in a daydream”. Mr. Perreault continues, “he is a mixed-media sculptor/provocateur” and “Drury, to my mind, is a true poet of the material world. He is a trickster rather than a prankster; an urban shaman”.
Paper magazine’s Victoria Pedersen describes Drury in her review of the exhibition at UrbanGlass, “Drury invests everyday objects with a new vitality that is born out of his quirky melding of materials…” Ms. Pedersen continues, “His fascination with materials and process has all the openness of child’s play; with almost manic abandon, Drury gleefully pairs together the most unlikely elements”.
In 1997, John Drury was both awarded a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award for the Visual Arts and included in the Corning Museum of Glass New Glass Review 18. Walter Robinson described John Drury for the internet art magazine, Artnet (artnet.com) as, “…the Lower East Side folk avant-gardist.” Intuition, knowledge and humor fuel discourse on American holidays, art history and personal biography. A rainbow of often recycled and common materials serves Mr. Drury’s non-hierarchical use of mixed-media. Technique, chance and process are evident in product and their characteristics inform final presentation.
Mr. Drury has taught at the Pilchuck Glass School, UrbanGlass and the Glass Furnace in Istanbul. John has most recently been a visiting artist at the RIT, the University of Washington, Ball State University, YaYa Glass in New Orleans and the Chrysler Museum of Art. He has also served as artist-in-residence at the Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2011) the Alberta College of Art and Design (2009) the Massachusetts College of Art (2007) the California College for the Arts (2006) the Museum of Glass (2005) the Columbus College of Art and Design (2005) the Pittsburgh Glass Center (2004) the University of Hawaii (2002) and the Rhode Island School of Design (1998).
Drury installed Flood Line in 2005, a solo exhibition of sculptures inspired by liquid, at the Sarah Lawrence College. John next presented a lecture entitled Are We Going To Get It, Together? (Content and Community, Before Capitalism) in conjunction with the 36th Annual Glass Art Society conference in St. Louis (2006) and in 2010, Glass Outside, his lecture on the use of glass by untrained artists at the 40th Annual G.A.S. Conference held in Louisville, KY. Also in 2006, he was included in the 9th International Shoebox Sculpture Exhibition originally installed at the University of Hawaii and subsequently traveling to 15 venues thru 2008. In 2012 he participated in the exhibition Klaxons, at the Haunch of Venison Gallery and curated by Walter Robinson. Mr. Drury has just exhibited My World Is Not Your World, a solo-exhibition at Brooklyn’s Elgin Gallery; (2014).
An extensive body of conceptually based, collaborative work begun in 1988 by Mr. Drury and Mr. Robbie Miller of Vancouver is signed and exhibited under the joint moniker CUD. The art duo demonstrated during the 30th Annual Glass Art Society Conference, held in NYC. A feature article written by critic Carlo McCormick, on the collaborative work of Cud, is included in the spring issue of Glass magazine (2002). This article and an additional update by Mr. McCormick are included in the catalogue which accompanied the retrospective exhibition Now and Then: CUD 2004; 15 Years of Collaboration, at the Pittsburgh Glass Center’s Hodge Gallery.
Examples of Cud’s work are included in the books Glass Art From the Kiln (2010) and International Art Glass (2003); A group of works from their Bridges series created at the Pittsburgh Glass Center is included in the Corning Museum of Glass, New Glass Review 26 (2005). Also in 2005, Cud served as Visiting Artists at the Museum of Glass and a work created during that engagement, Dripping Mountain, was included in the museum’s Made at the Museum: Northwest Selections exhibition (January - June 2006). Another painted work, spanning five blown glass forms and also from the Tahoma series, was installed in the Grand Hall of the museum (June 1, 2006 - February 11, 2007). In late 2009 Drury and Miller’s exhibition American Glass: How Soon Is Now, a new body of work, included those made at the Pilchuck Glass School in 2008, at the William Traver Gallery in Tacoma.
John Drury is included in the book, Team Chihuly (Portland Press, 2008). An example of John Drury’s personal work, Self-Pity Party Portrait, a cast glass bust of the artist as fountain (the sculpture has been plumbed to weep) is included in the Richard Yelle book Art Glass from UrbanGlass (Schiffer Publishing LTD, 2000). Another work, Angel for Tatlin, is included in a second Yelle title, International Glass Art (Schiffer Publishing LTD, 2003). Two works by Drury are included in 500 Glass Objects, a Lark Books release (2006) juried by Maurine Littleton and a collaborative work is included in Rene Culler’s Glass Art From the Kiln (2010).
John Drury has exhibited internationally (Velan, per l’arte contemporanea; Italy: La Panaderia; Mexico City) and at the Haunch of Venison, Exit Art, Holly Solomon, Bronwyn Keenan and the Willoughby Sharp Gallery, in New York City. He is also represented by the Dean Jensen Gallery, of Milwaukee. John is a regular contributor to both Glass and New Glass and Architecture magazines. In addition, he has written features for Raw Vision and the online art magazine ArtNet. Mr. Drury is presently completing text for the book to accompany the 2015 Jerry Pethick retrospective at the VAG, in Vancouver.