America is a Big Country. So big that, in her rush for the better and faster, she left behind a few human beings who, not fast enough to keep up with her pace, rested among her folds. John Register is one of them. He took good care of the forgotten places, painting solitude in the golden dress of afternoon. There is no one in empty bars, empty swimming pools and restaurants. Even the green chair is left unoccupied. Nevertheless people are still present in every object or piece of furniture, because man made them and what remains to speak on his behalf is the intention the object emanates. John Register is here to remind us that velocity is a value only if applied to the machine, not to the human being. We are always in a hurry and, mindlessly, we leave behind fragments of us: debrises that continue to live on their own, indipendently from our destiny and the oxymoron of our constant emergencies. We live so fast to be almost forced to forget, beacuse remembering would be too painful. John Register paints empty places, filled with stories we can only imagine to have happened, once. It’s inevitable to compare his work to Hopper’s, but while Hopper is a painter of the American Dream, with his beautiful landscapes of lighthouses, barns, gas stations, bars and hotels where people happen to visit and populate the canvas, Register catches the essence of the Crushed Dream, which is not just American but universal. In this search for truth lays his greatness. John Register is not anymore among us, unfortunately. But his paintings are still crowded by his poetic, lacerating brushstrokes.



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11 thoughts on “JOHN REGISTER

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  4. As a close friend of John Register and as the author of JOHN REGISTER: PERSISTENT OBSERVER, I am quite sure that the painting of the empty swimming pool and the painting of the two yellowish chairs in the darkened room with reddish tile floor were NOT painted by Register. I am wondering why they are included in this post and are unidentified. You’d better be careful about this. Sincerely, Barnaby Conrad III

    • Hello Mr Conrad,

      don’t despair in your “heart of darkness” for such a little issue. We received these pictures from a subscriber who submitted to our attention Mr Register’s paintings. This art blog is not intended for profit. Extraordinart is a platform that highlights deserving, talented artists. We’ll remove the two paintings, of course with our apologies for this “terrible” mistake. We’ll be more careful in the future.



  5. Dear Sir,
    Thank you very much for your quick response. (I got a chuckle out of the “heart of darkness” reference!) It may be that your enthusiastic contributor simply pulled the images off Pinterest, which often mixes unidentified images with similar themes (in this case, chairs in rooms and empty swimming pools). No real harm done—thank you for removing the questionable images—but it might be more interesting for viewers to know the titles, dates and mediums of the paintings. Just a thought.

    Bartleby the Scrivener

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