Pride Collaboration T-Shirts by Artist John Guthrie
Pride Collaboration with Artist John Guthrie
In honor of Pride, our parent-company, WS Development, has partnered with Boston-based artist John Guthrie, whose art embodies the openness and freedom of expression that we strive to bring to our spaces. As part of our collaboration, John created a series of new works in his signature style, just for us! In an effort to support the LGBTQ+ community, John Guthrie’s commissioned designs have been used to create limited edition t-shirts. 100% of the proceeds from t-shirt sales will be donated to GLAAD, an organization tackling tough issues to shape narratives and provoke dialogue that leads to cultural change.
If you’d like to own a piece of this special Pride-inspired collaboration, click here to pre-order t-shirts and show your support.
More About the Artist
We had the chance to ask John a few questions about his art, his insiration, and what Pride means to him.
Q: How has art helped you to understand and celebrat who you are?
JG: I was born to be a painter. I was put on this earth to make art. Every day I feel compelled to act on this gift. Making art doesn’t make me understand myself but rather express something that is within me.
Q: That role do you believe art plays (or should play) at a community level?
JG: Art should be endemic to the communities where we live. For me, the purpose of art is to allow people, both individually and in group settings, to express emotions, commemorate history, expose injustices, overcome obstacles, and gain an understanding of the world around them.
Q: What do you hope people feel when they see your work?
JG: I want people to have a sense of wonder or awe. Every viewer is unique. As an artist who makes abstract work, I realize that everyone has their own reactions to what they see. I try not to be didactic and leave open a range of possibilities.
Q: From what sources do you draw the most inspiration?
JG: For the last ten years, non- Western art has been my biggest source of inspiration, including pre-historic art, all varieties and periods of Native American Art, and ancient Egyptian art, to name a few.
Q: What does Pride mean to you?
JG: Pride is being my true self and expressing myself fully as an artist and a human being.