Fantasy painter John Pitre creates his own surreal worlds that explore underwater schools of marine life as well as vast landscapes filled with astral bodies of light. He combines celestial and organic elements in his otherworldly environments, creating a sense of unity between living creatures and their planetary surroundings. The Hawaii-based artist has mastered the art of modern fantasy that echoes and comments on real life issues that concern today’s society, including “the threat of overpopulation, the ominous shadow of nuclear war, and the ecological deterioration of our planet.”
Many of the surrealist’s works feature a heavenly light that miraculously appears like a deux ex machina. It is an energizing, guiding, and unifying light that seems to signify an understanding of one’s self and purpose on this planet by shining its luminous halo on its surroundings, allowing us all to be more aware of the environment. Dolphins play an equally significant role in Pitre’s Oceanic Visions paintings. The imagery he creates with dolphins reflect our world and aid in expressing his fondness for these highly intelligent creatures that are devoid of territorial inhibitions as they roam about freely in their submerged milieu.
The artist’s biography says it best: “Through his social commentary art and visionary paintings he shares his vision of our purpose in the universe, and reminds us of the responsibilities we have as moral beings and as stewards of our planet. He tells about life as a human citizen here on Earth, warning about its difficulties and pitfalls, but also portrays the beauty and magic that each one of us possesses within. He encourages us to follow our longings and aspirations to achieve our dreams, but to hold dear the relationships we have with all other men.”