Born in 1954 in Oxford, Mississippi, John Hathorn completed B.A. and M.Ed. degrees at the University of Mississippi, and received his M.F.A. from Florida
State University. He is Professor of Painting and directs the B.F.A. Senior Seminar in the Department of Visual Arts at UL Lafayette where he has
taught since 1982. He has also taught in the University Paris Study Abroad Program on four occasions between 1990 and 2010, extending his travel
in England, France, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain. He has had fifteen solo gallery and museum exhibitions and has participated in numerous
group exhibitions including the New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Art Center and Ogden Museum in New Orleans. Hathorn has been the recipient
of grants through the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and was selected as a Visual Arts Fellow
through the Louisiana Division of the Arts. In 2008 he was selected as a Distinguished Professor at the University. He is represented by the Craighead
Green Gallery in Dallas where an exhibition of his work entitled The Cardinalis Sketches was shown in January and February, 2012. He is also represented
by the New Gallery in Houston, Texas. In February through April of 2013 the Acadiana Center for the Arts in Lafayette, Louisiana, will host a thirty-year
retrospective of the artist’s work. A catalog will accompany the exhibition.
The Cardinalis Sketches (derived from the work cardinal) is a new body of work in which the color red formally and conceptually serves as a point of
departure. While exploring references to subjects as diverse as linguistics, botany, and ornithology, the series underscores a sustained interest
in selected artists for whom color and the sensuality of the human figure were integral. The paintings reflect a tracing of felt experience —
exploring relationships of image to language and sensation to form.