John Nieman has worked in the creative arena for 30 years, for which his works are influenced by his background as an international advertising creative director, music director, author and chef. He enjoyed a successful career in the advertising business, most recently as Chief Creative Officer of D’Arcy Worldwide. In this capacity, he directed and oversaw the creative output of more than 100 offices. Five years ago, he devoted himself to the visual arts. He studied with Julie Lester in New York and quickly moved on to a prolific output of still studies. His work is characterised by striking composition, crisp colours, and strong shadows. He favours the high contrast media of pastels or a combination of pastels and watercolours. Given his background in the mass communication world, from which he draws pop references (movies, famous actors or food, for example), as Hamilton and Warhol did, he creates immediate and straight images. John Nieman has been exhibited in 16 different venues over the past two years and has been featured in national and international juried competitions. Last spring, a collection of his paintings and poems was published in a book called Art of Lists. He is represented by Agora Gallery in New York City. He resides in Dobbs Ferry, New York with his five children.