Who am I?


John Nagridge is a graphic designer and painter born in Detroit in 1961 and currently lives in Royal Oak. He received his education in Art at Macomb Community College, the Center for Creative Studies, and Wayne State University where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking and Drawing.

His drawings, etchings, woodcuts, and paintings have been exhibited in various metro Detroit galleries including the Detroit Artists Market, The Michigan Gallery, the Chaika Gallery, and the Scarab Club. One of his woodcuts was a recipient of the David Groff Purchase Award  from the Alma College Statewide Print Competition in 1987. In 1991, it was later exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the OMAP (Ongoing Michigan Artists Program show), A Decade of Michigan Printmaking. He has recently joined the Michigan Plein-Air Painters.


I prefer painting landscapes plein air (open air painting), as opposed to using photo reference. It encourages me more to interpret the world around me, rather than making a copy of it.

The locations of my plein air paintings range from the upper thumb of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula to small towns like Milford and White Lake to my Royal Oak neighborhood. I never seem to be at a loss of inspiration for landscapes in lower Michigan.

I work almost exclusively with painting knives. This keeps my paintings from looking too fussy about small details, and forces me to concentrate on what impacts me most from my subject matter.


  • The Oakwood Physical Therapy and Wellness Center, Wayne, MI. January–March, 2016
    Arts for the Spirit Program. Exhibited oil knife paintings..
  • Michigan By The Bottle, Royal Oak, MI. September–December, 2015
    Exhibited oil knife paintings.
  • Michigan By The Bottle, Shelby Twp., MI. May–June, 2015
  • Exhibited acrylic and oil knife paintings.
  • Green Brain Comics, Dearborn, MI. October–December, 2011
    Fantastic Four 50th Anniversary Group Exhibit. Exhibited digital art.
  • 2739 Edwin Gallery, Hamtramck, MI. March, 2010
    Ron Hayward: Remembered in Art. Exhibited pen & ink drawing.
  • Cafe 1923 , Hamtramck, MI. 2007
    Exquisite Corpse. Exhibited micropoint.
  • Cafe 1923 , Hamtramck, MI. March–April, 2007
    First Annual Hatch Show. Exhibited linocut and woodcut.
  • Friends of Modern Art Studio Tour, Hamtramck, MI. May, 1996.
    Exhibited works in my studio.
  • Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. October, 1995.
    Ukrainian Mythology, Folklore & Legend. Exhibited color linocut and micropoint painting.
  • Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI. October, 1992.
    Micropointillism ‘92. Exhibited micropoint paintings.
  • Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI. December, 1991.
    Associates Show. Exhibited micropoint and oil paintings.
  • Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. April–May, 1991.
    Chornobyl – 5 Years After. Exhibited woodcut.
  • Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI. March–May, 1991
    OMAP show, A Decade of Michigan Printmaking. Exhibited woodcut..
  • Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI. December, 1990.
    Associates Show. Exhibited micropoint painting.
  • Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. June, 1990.
    21 Ukrainian Artists. Exhibited micropoint paintings.
  • Chaika Gallery, Warren, MI. 1990–1991.
    Exhibited woodcuts and micropoint paintings.
  • Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI. January, 1990.
    16 Years of Life Drawing. Exhibited brush & ink drawings.
  • Trobar Gallery, Detroit, MI. December, 1988.
    Exhibited woodcuts in two person show.
  • Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI. October, 1988.
    Micropointillism. Exhibited micropoint paintings.
  • Alma College, Alma, MI. 1987-1988.
    Alma College Statewide Print Competition. Exhibited woodcut in show travelling to seven Michigan universities.
  • Michigan Gallery, Detroit, MI. December, 1987.
    Associates Show. Exhibited brush and ink drawing.
  • Scarab Club, Detroit, MI. 1987.
    Annual Print Show. Exhibited woodcut.
  • Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI. December, 1986.
    Annual Juried Winter Show. Exhibited woodcut.
  • Detroit Artists Market, Detroit, MI. June, 1986.
    Annual Juried Summer Show. Exhibited intaglio.


David Groff Purchase Award. Alma College Statewide Print Competition, Alma, MI. October, 1987.


  • Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.
    Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Printmaking and Drawing. 1983-1988.
  • Center for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI. 1982-1983.
  • Macomb Community College, Warren, MI.
    Associates in General Education, 1979-1982.


Interview I did for CidTalk.com.