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Get painted by a nationally-renowned portrait artist


Commission Husidio John Tempest to create a visually striking, hand-painted fine art portrait of you and your loved ones.

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Get painted by a nationally-renowned portrait artist


Commission Husidio John Tempest to create a visually striking, hand-painted fine art portrait of you and your loved ones.

 

Experienced.

With more than 35 years of experience, Husidio John Tempest's work exemplifies quality and expertise. Join one of the many who have added a fine art portrait to their personal collection.

 
John Tempest is an artist down to the bone. Deeply talented in art and music, he grew up following in the footsteps of his father, Gerard Tempest, who is well renowned for his skill and innovation in painting, drawing and sculpture. The elder Tempest was guided by the creator of surrealism, Giorgio de Chirico, who became a close family friend. Gerard went on to create the style of Abstract Spiritualism. John was able to benefit in the form of tutelage, spirit and insights from this special connection to the backbone of the modern art world by spending time with both de Chirico and his wife. Between the the master and his father, there really could be no better apprentice-like guidance John could have received. Knowing these things about John made him the natural and obvious choice to be the artist to paint a portrait of my wife and daughter. After it’s completion, the validity of my choice was emphatically confirmed.
— Kevin Cohan

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Time Warner Video


"A Triangle Profile" on Husidio John Tempest

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Services


Services


What We Offer

Basic portrait sizes:

  • Small 16" x 20" for head/shoulders 
  • Medium 30" 40" for 3/4 size
  • Large 40" x 50" for full size
  • Larger sizes upon request

Sizes are approximate.

How It Works

  • Once Husidio John Tempest acquires a photo (or several photographs) of the subject, he studies them to capture the subject's most accurate depiction and personality. On rare occasions, the subject may choose to sit for a final observation, but this is typically only upon request due to its extensive nature.
  • HJT then under-sketches the portrait before beginning to paint it.
  • Next, the process entails building up the canvas with pigment (impasto), as well as glazing it in the final stage. This brings greater nuance refinement.
  • Finally, the portrait is carefully wrapped, crated (if necessary), and shipped out via FedEx or UPS to its destination. If the destination is local, it is hand-delivered.

 

High Quality.

  • Your portrait will exude the professional finish of a true work of "fine art."
  • The materials used are only of the highest quality.
  • Testaments from Husidio John Tempest's many highly satisfied customers, as well as 35+ years of experience, attest to his skill and credibility.
  • With each stroke of his brush, HJT captures the spiritual persona of each subject. A Tempest portraiture in oil is much more than a mere photo representation.

Testimonials


Testimonials


Trusted.

I have known the Tempests for a long time and when I decided to have portraits of both my children painted, I went with John to paint them because the talent runs strong in his family. I love these portraits and look at them every day. He is a really great artist and I would recommend him to anyone.
— Ron Taylor
What do you get for the spouse who doesn’t need any material things for her milestone 60th birthday? How about an expertly created portrait of her and her twin daughters (and second portrait of her two dogs)? Fortunately, we were introduced to John Tempest, a talented artist who lives in our area and was willing to take on the challenge to create two large portraits. It was difficult, but I was able to keep the portrait unveiling a surprise. At the birthday celebration event held at the Hope Valley Country Club with about 50 of our closest friends (including John and his lovely wife, Anne), I walked my bride into the event room where the two portraits were beautifully displayed on the wall. The overjoyed reaction when she saw the portraits was priceless! Thank you John for making this event so special. The two portraits are now proudly hung on the wall in our home and are considered among our most treasured possessions.
— George Williamson
I commissioned John to paint my two children Devon and Becca 18 years ago, and then of me, most recently in 2015. He captures nicely the spirit of his subjects and reveals their inherent personalities. A great artist!
— Steve Landon
I am a professional photographer, having worked with modeling agencies in NYC and major designers including Ralph Lauren and Oscar de la Renta, as well as musicians such as Pete Townsend of The Who. I have known John professionally for 25 years. His portraits and artistry are well executed, and his heritage adds nicely to his noteworthy talent.
— Robert Kirk
I highly recommend John for portraiture, abstract art, and other decorative pieces. He did a beautiful commissioned painting for my wife’s company in the Research Triangle Park. Once you speak with John, you will how entrenched in the art life he is and always has been.
— Kevin Cohan
I highly recommend John for painting portraitures. He painted a picture of me many years ago from a still picture. Even though I was younger then, he aged the painting just a little so that as I got older the picture would always represent me. It is the kind of art work that can be passed from generation to generation.
— Sonja Beckford
During the 1980s, my husband and I spent many of our winters in southern United States, mostly in the Raleigh/Durham area where we had friends. At that time, we met the artist John Tempest. Very favorable impressed with his work, my husband commissioned him to paint my portrait. The result was most pleasing!

The portrait measures 48 x 36 inches, including the frame. It now hangs prominently in our lounge here in Yorkton. Many are the comments by visitors and inquiries as to who and where the artist is.

In his work, Mr. Tempest paints not only the physical aspect of his subject, but also the “inner self,” the soul, as it were.
— Ruth Wilson-Bigg
I commissioned Mr. Tempest to paint a portrait of my daughter. The end result was a wonderful image — a treasure I enjoy every day!
— James Lasley
John Tempest painted a portrait of our son Wesley (then 6) in 1988, capturing more than just his likeness in the living room of our house in North Carolina at the time. It’s something almost intangible, but I think he captured his mood, like so many early evening moments, happily playing sometimes in thought, thinking of the next mischievous thing to do, which toy to play with next.
In terms of likeness, we think that John beautifully captured the shape of our son’s head, his facial features and hair, the placement of his hands and feet, and the overall shape of his body. Above all, John captured his expression of innocence, happiness, and content.
The painting hangs at a focal point in the upstairs hallway of our house and has been the subject of many a conversation with our closest friends, ones we permit to enter that more intimate part of our home. The most common first remark is “there’s no mistake that’s Wesley,” even though many friends have only known our son as an adult. John’s ability to capture something of the subject that is more than just the physical likeness is what makes him so special.
We are most grateful to John for giving us something we treasure, something of great value that we will one day pass onto our son. For now, we will continue to enjoy and reminisce.
— Lok and Yan Wong

Portfolio


Portfolio


Adult Portraits

Child Portraits

Group Portraits

Animal Portraits

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About Husidio John Tempest


About Husidio John Tempest


Heritage.

Husidio John Tempest has painting in his blood. Born in 1953 from a long lineage of artists, Husidio John began creating art nearly 40 years ago while spending the summer with his family in Venice, Italy. A few years later, the desire truly took hold while studying art history at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “It wasn’t like a voice, but an inner realization that I had to paint,” is how he put it to a student reporter for The Daily Tar Heel in 1980.

His artistic heritage begins with ancestor Antonio Tempesta, the Italian painter and engraver born and trained in Florence in the mid-to-late 1500s. Painting in a variety of styles, Tempesta’s works can be seen at the Vatican Palace, Palazzo Vecchio, the church of Santo Stefano Rotondo, as well as many other places across Italy. He was also regarded by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio as “one of the six greatest living artists in Rome and Florence in the 1600s.” Tempesta influenced many artists from contemporary Peter Paul Rubens (for his “horses”) and Giorgio de Chirico, unquestionably the greatest 20th Century Greek-Italian artist. Known as the Father of Surrealism and Metaphysical painting, de Chirico’s paintings and sculptures are found throughout the world in museums and collections.

Husidio John’s father, Gerard Tempest, was a protégé of de Chirico and known as the “Father of Abstract Spiritualism.” Born in Italy, he immigrated to the United States in 1929, but always stayed connected to his Italian roots and even has a permanent collection in the Vatican Museum. It was in his father’s Rome studio where Husidio John began his professional career. Situated near the Pantheon and overlooking the central part of the city, Husidio John created his very first oil painting at a time when his father’s long and close friendship with Giorgio de Chirico enabled him to spend many evenings at the Piazzo di Spangna, the residence de Chirico shared with his wife Isabella.

This close connection to the surrealist painter and sculptor led Husidio John to becoming an agent for de Chirico graphics and sculptures in the United States, successfully establishing shows at the Fogg Museum at Harvard University and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Coral Gables, Florida. After completing many portrait commissions under the tutelage of his father, Husidio John studied briefly under the two portrait painting greats, John Howard Sanden and Nelson Shanks, at the Art Students League in Manhattan.

In Husidio John’s career, he has painted many portraits of local interest including Carroll Hill Stone of the original CCB family, 7-Up heiress Patty Downey, Frank and Betty Kenan of Chapel Hill, and ACC Commissioner John Swofford and wife Nora. More recently, he has also entered a new period of painting abstract horses, much like his ancestor Antonio Tempesta. 

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