JOHN SALKO - BIOGRAPHY
John Salko was born and raised in his hometown of Fairfield, Connecticut. As a youngster, he enjoyed browsing the galleries and museums in New York City, which instilled in him a lasting appreciation for the arts. He grew to especially admire the works of Jackson Pollock, Claude Monet and Pablo Picasso.
In 1966, this suburban teenager volunteered to join the U.S. Marine Corps., and heroically served thirteen-months in Vietnam during the TeT Offensive.
Salko returned to Connecticut and started a lucrative business, painting the exteriors of large estates in Fairfield and Westport. However, in the midst of political and social upheaval, he desired a more peaceful lifestyle and eventually moved to a small town on the coast of Maine. There, he settled and made a living fishing on some of the highest tides in the world “The Bay Of Fundy” in an eighteen-foot boat he built. The solitude of his life on the water helped put some of the darkness of war behind him. Deeply moved by the power of the rugged open ocean and the elements, he began to paint dynamic ocean landscapes on canvas. Over time, he pushed the envelope of experimentation, which evolved to colorful, complex works of abstraction using oil based paint on wooden panels.
In 1996, Salko moved a country setting, where he designed and built, on his own, a 4,000 sq. ft. contemporary home on forty-two acres. His intriguing, colorful abstracts emerge with a willful presence and strength that rivet the eye. He employs such innovative techniques that the viewer is drawn into his complex designs of color and movement. His style sways from detailed abstracts to bold, flowing works of abstraction. Each painting reveals the emotions within the artist, as Salko works with a force towards the light.
Salko’s one-of-a-kind creations have attracted art lovers internationally and throughout the United States, including Salko's dear friend, Hollywood actor, Mr. James (Jim) Gammon, who discovered Salko's unique talent while scouting film locations in New England. Impressed with the man and his work, Mr. Gammon became a major collector and helped launch Salko's art are in presenting and hosting a one-man-show at the exclusive "Citrus Club" in Orlando, Florida, and over the years, continued a close bond with Salko and support for his art. Sadly, James Gammon passed away from cancer, July 2010.
John Salko is a gifted, self-taught painter, naturalist, poet, fisherman, writer, horticulturist and a master carpenter. Now, in his mid-sixties, he continues to paint brilliant works at his home in Maine, where he resides with his wife, Karen, a screenwriter and novelist.
Marine - John Salko 17 years old.
John Salko "2014'
Artist - John Salko "2013 "