John Alleyne’s current work is a meditation on the Black male experience. As a point of departure, Alleyne looks to hairstyle-guide posters of commonly found in Black barbershops and salons. His intention is to challenge stereotypes of Black masculinity, and representation by presenting allegorical narratives through the use of spray paint, and silkscreen-collage. It is his hope that viewers will find common ground in the Black experience of the barbershop and hair salon as a safe haven—pointing out that while a specific environment might have a positive effect on Black males; otherwise starved for belonging and safety, the need for a safe haven is in itself an essential feature of the human experience.
Alleyne was born on the island of Barbados. At age sixteen, he migrated to Brooklyn, N.Y., and became influenced by Hip-Hop culture, specifically Street and Graffiti art.
In 2014, Alleyne received his Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Studio art, with concentrations in Graphic and Digital design from SUNY Potsdam. Quickly after graduating, he was hired as a membership assistant by the Museum of Modern Art in New York, to assist with the new Henri Matisse Exhibition. As a result, Alleyne became fascinated with Matisse’s process and his "Cut-Outs," and the act of “cutting out” would later become a significant part of his art practice.
In 2015, Alleyne moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana to pursue his Master’s of Fine Arts degree in Studio art at Louisiana State University. In 2018, he graduated with concentrations in painting, drawing, and printmaking.
Since his graduation, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Ox-Bow Fall Artist Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan. He has exhibited work throughout various museums in Louisiana, such as the Masur Museum in Monroe, LSU Museum in Baton Rouge, and most recently, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans. He has also exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, and Ireland. His work is featured in Issue #23 of The Hand Magazine, in addition to forthcoming volumes of Studio Visit Magazine, and the Southern issue of New American Paintings.
Alleyne currently lives and works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.