Born in Seattle, Washington in 1928, John Anderson was educated at the Art Center School in Los Angeles and the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn. He is the recipient of a Solomon R. Guggenheim Fellowship as well as several Guggenheim grants, among other awards. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; the Hunterdon Museum of Art, New Jersey; the Newark Museum ofArt, New Jersey the Bellevue Art Museum, Seattle; and the 1964-65 World's Fair in New York. Anderson is represented in the permanent collections of major museums including the Museum of Modern Art, NewYork and the Whitney Museum of American Art. The artist lives and works in New Jersey.
Before entering the art world, John Anderson began his career as a Washington state logger; the spirit of his art has never left the influence of those formative years behind. In his sculptures, one can see a reaction against the rising machined and artificial innovations of the era, instead presenting the underlying strength and vitality of wood’s primal force, structure, and color. His works' often intimidating presence contrasts with the seductive beauty of their carved surfaces. Each segment of Anderson's sculptures are a minimal yet meticulously articulated form.