Binzley is an artist, craftsman and adventurer. Traveling
to the far corners of the world yearly, he embodies a unique and
personal vision that fuses the duality of his life as a trader
and an artist. His travels and contact with diverse cultures enrich
both his art and his life.
John was born in Santa Barbara, California in 1955. His father was
an educator and his mother a mystic. He grew up in a highly creative
environment. His formative years were divided between Southern and
Northern California. His unique aesthetic perspective originally developed
living along that dramatic coastline, from the majestic redwood forests
of Marin to the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert.
After high school he moved to the Southwest. He settled in the old
western ghost town of Jerome, Arizona where he became part of an artist
colony. He has continued to maintain a studio and home there since
1976. It was here in Jerome that John developed a taste and interest
in Native American culture and beadwork, inspiring him to create his
own ceremonial pieces.
His earliest beadwork was bags, necklaces and bottles covered with
intricate peyote stitched seed beads. He soon gained notoriety for
his work and has been exhibited in galleries throughout the world.
He has a strong customer base of collectors who greatly appreciated
its fine craftsmanship and creativity. In 1979, John was part of a
beading exhibition that traveled throughout the United States.
Several of his pieces were published in an anthology of beadwork, "The
New Beadwork" by Kathlyn Moss and Alice Scherer.
In 1983, John started his Asian travels, and within a few years made
a major life changing decision, he moved to the Indonesian island of
Bali. Here he designed and built a second studio and home amongst the
idyllic terraced rice fields of Ubud. He then became part of an international
colony of artists.
of his home to other Asian countries has allowed him to travel extensively
throughout the Far East, inspiring and fueling John's passion for
studying different cultures, and the diversity of the people and
geography. He makes yearly pilgrimages to such places as Tibet, Nepal,
India, Pakistan, China, Myanmar and Cambodia, and visits on average
9 countries a year. He has recently started exploring South America,
and has already done an extensive tour of Bolivia, with plans to
visit Peru and other South American countries already in the works.
Wherever he travels he can be found combing the back alleys and marketplaces
for the things 'normal' tourists never even dream of finding. Amongst
his peers and fellow artists he is known as someone with an incredible
eye and an uncanny knack for finding the unique, rare and unusual treasures
of the world. Part of this can be ascribed to his 'eye for detail',
combined with a fearless and adventurous spirit, plus an enormous amount
of determination and patience.
Part of John's artistic vision is inspired by the mandalas of Buddhism
along with the Islamic patterns of Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In truth his artwork is an ever-changing, ever-evolving merging of
the cultures that he experiences and combines with his own artistic
visions. His collectors eagerly await to see what he will be displaying
in his yearly collections, as they never know what he will be presenting
next, and they are never disappointed.
He is a master of silversmith, beadwork, lapidary, and leather craft.
Along with the treasures he gleans from his travels, he weaves these
together to create one-of-a kind fashionable objects of adornment,
fine jewelry, handbags, pouches, and distinctive objects de art.
John coins his pieces "fine funky ethnic", a synergy of cultures
that have made a deep impression on him and his life.
John's home on the Internet is a place for collecting and creating.
A place for sharing the adventures of art, life and traveling.