About the artist


John Nagridge, a graphic designer and painter born in Detroit in 1961, took his first steps in art as a six-year-old boy. Back then, his Snoopy soap dish was the subject of his artwork. Today he’s an accomplished illustrator, printmaker and painter. He studied 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. It was later exhibited in 1991 at the Detroit Institute of Arts for the OMAP (Ongoing Michigan Artists Program) show, A Decade of Michigan Printmaking. He took First Place Emerging Artist at the 2017 Dexter Plein Air Paint Out competition.

Today, John enjoys plein air painting and is a proud member of the Michigan Plein-Air Painters. He currently lives with his wife and two cats in Royal Oak.


I prefer painting landscapes plein air, as opposed to using photo reference. It encourages me to interpret the world around me, rather than copying it.

I work almost exclusively in oil with painting knives. Knife painting keeps me from getting too bogged down in fussing with details. This method’s freer nature gives me more room to concentrate on expression, and on what impacts me most about my subject matter.

Michigan’s Lower Peninsula never leaves me at a loss for inspiration. I’ve captured scenic landscapes of the harbor towns in Michigan’s upper thumb to small quaint cities like Milford and White Lake to my neighborhood in Royal Oak.

I was thrilled to win at last year’s Dexter Paint Out. This year, I hope to compete in the Professional category. And I recently started teaching acrylic painting for the Farmington Hills Special Services Department. I’m just wrapping up my spring classes and look forward to continue teaching in the fall.”


  • First Prize, Emerging Artist. Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, Dexter, MI. August, 2017.
  • 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.


  • Ukrainian American Archives & Museum of Detroit, Hamtramck, MI. September, 2017.
    Exhibited oil knife paintings, woodcut, and micropoint painting.
  • Paint Dexter Plein Air Festival, Dexter, MI. August, 2017.
    Exhibited oil knife paintings.
  • 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.