A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Manhattan

John Scane’s Life During Wartime series of paintings examines themes of violence, patriotism, disconnection, and virtual reality through the lens of the video game. This series establishes a new mode of painting that might be called ‘Virtual Realism’ because it uses some of the traditional strategies of realist painting but rather than applying them to the natural world it takes the artificial, digital, virtual world of online computer gaming as its subject.  These paintings present a new and unique way of communicating about the virtual and real worlds- through the archaic process of painting, Scane analyzes the strange world of online gaming and the mediated human interactions between gamers.

Your Service is Appreciated

This is the larger final version of the idea. 

Your Service is Appreciated - Study

This work is a study for the larger version, Your Service is Appreciated.

Donkey07 #6, 2007, oil on canvas, 60"x50"

The Donkey series was started in 1996 and first shown at Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles, California in 1997. This series is the most popular of all the works I've done. 

Donkey07 #17, 2010, oil on canvas, 60"x72"

The Donkey series was started in 1996 and first shown at Kantor Gallery in Los Angeles, California in 1997. This series is the most popular of all the works I've done. 

Box Painting 2-4-95​

These works are part of the "Construct" series started in 1992. These smaller mixed media works made of paint, ink, paper, cloth and more are constructed using gift wrap boxes collected from various retail shops.  Originally started as studies for the larger Constructs, they quickly developed into their own unique series.

Box Painting 3-10-95

These works are part of the "Construct" series started in 1992. These smaller mixed media works made of paint, ink, paper, cloth and more are constructed using gift wrap boxes collected from various retail shops.  Originally started as studies for the larger Constructs, they quickly developed into their own unique series.

Long Beach

The Wall series of paintings officially started in 2001 but the idea dates back to 1996 and the start of the Donkey series. It was while living in Puerto Rico that I originally started to think about walls as a subject for painting but the Donkey series became my main focus. It wasn't until I returned from a 2 month trip to China and Mongolia that I started the Wall series that continues today.

Los Angeles

The Wall series of paintings officially started in 2001 but the idea dates back to 1996 and the start of the Donkey series. It was while living in Puerto Rico that I originally started to think about walls as a subject for painting but the Donkey series became my main focus. It wasn't until I returned from a 2 month trip to China and Mongolia that I started the Wall series that continues today.

Art Gift Cards - 5 Donkeys

These original art gift cards are reproductions from sketches drawn with pen and ink and colored with gouache paint. Send them to someone special or frame them and have beautiful art for your walls. Printed on high quality art paper with a life expectancy of 25+ years when framed. 

T-Shirt, White

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T-Shirt, Lilac - Womens

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Women's V-necks, Various Colors

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Women's T-Shirts, Various Colors

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