John Horejs | Simplicity in Elegance
For people with complicated and busy lives, having peaceful interior spaces is crucial. Collectors across the United States, including former Idaho Governor Dirk Kempthorne, Microsoft’s Paul Allen, and Las Vegas developer Steve Wynn, have found a touch of elegant and peaceful simplicity in John Horejs’ warm, rich oil paintings.
Horejs has been a full-time artist since 1986. His work has been included in exhibitions at the Springville, Utah, Museum of Art, the Boise Art Museum, and the Museum at the College of Southern Idaho. His work is also included in the permanent collections of the University of Montana Museum of Art and Idaho State University, as well as the permanent collection of the State of Idaho in the reception area of the Governor’s Office. He has also been featured in American Art Collector Magazine and in numerous one-man and group exhibitions in galleries across the country.
One of the key elements of Horejs’ work is its peaceful simplicity. “I paint exclusively in oils, using two brushes and seven colors plus white,” he says. “My paintings are done on hand-made custom contemporary box canvases with no frames, which have become a trademark.” Horejs draws the inspiration for his paintings from the breathtaking landscapes of the Western United States. Most of his work is done in-studio using his own photographs of lush landscapes, gardens, clouds, and deserts. Along with his regular studio work, he also loves the challenge of creating commissioned pieces for private and corporate collectors.
When he is not painting, Horejs enjoys hiking and photography. He and his wife Elaine have been married since 1973, and they love spending time with their nine children and spouses, and their 20 grandchildren.
“In a world that seems increasingly complex and unsettled,” Horejs strives through his paintings “to bring peace, grace, elegance, and beauty into the lives and interiors of my collectors.