Pluff Mudd Art

John K. Crum

Whimsical Painting

John Crum

John Crum is an expressionist painter of figures and gentle surreal landscapes. His work is recognized for the narrative themes, diverse subjects, bright color palettes, and bold designs. Building his paintings with several wet-to-dry layers, John creates deep dimension and details to hold the viewer in wonder and awe. His distinctive subject matter is created through subjective perspectives, distorted for emotional effect, evoking different moods, feelings, and ideas.

Crum’s modern expressionism, abstract qualities, and representational painting incorporates his imagination capturing life experiences, romance, love, and the human spirit. Applying his curious and whimsical twists, viewers often comment that his
paintings “Make them smile while taking them on an unexpected and magical journey.”

“Your art always makes me smile” is the most frequent comment from collectors and viewers.

A full-time artist since graduating from the Ringling School of Art & Design in Sarasota, Florida in 1973, John has enjoyed a long, successful career in illustration, graphic arts, book design, and mural painting. John continues to create expressionist figurative paintings and gentle surrealistic landscape paintings.

Relocating to the surreal island of Hilton Head in 2001 from the north coast town of Bay Village in Ohio, John continues a journey of creativity and joyful story telling.

View his website at: and follow on Instagram: #JohnCrumArt

John’s work can be viewed locally at The Pluff Mudd Art Gallery in historic old town Bluffton, and The Art League of Hilton Head Island.

Phone: +1 843.422.5294

Email: Web:
John Crum Art
John Crum Art
John Crum Art

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Pluff Mudd Art
27 Calhoun Street
+1 843.757.5590