John Holyfield’s work has a strong southern folksy feel, capturing
the essence of rural life. His main themes are family, spirituality and
culture. For much of his subject matter, he draws from his family
members, childhood memories and stories from his grandmothers.
His grandmothers are his greatest inspirations; which explains the
repetition of women in his works. John has always been captivated
by the church and often depicts images related to spirituality. John
also focuses on aspects such as music, heritage and traditions that
set his race apart from others... yet his use of timeless themes make
the images relative to anyone who views them.
Such artists as Ernie Barnes and Norman Rockwell inspire John’s
style. Like Barnes, his compositions are full of movement and his
characters elongated and distorted. John’s images seem to capture a snap-shot of a moment. This style of visual storytelling is inspired by the narrative style of Norman Rockwell. Now some of John Holyfield’s most
popular paintings have been artfully interpreted into hand crafted
figurines that bring his stories to life with the same unparallel level
of quality synonymous with Lenox and Ebony Visions™. Ebony Visions™ proudly welcomes John into its family of artists celebrating life and the
African American spirit.