John Rankine
John Rankine
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Billy's Covid Beard

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Blind Desire

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Blind Faith

About John Rankine

John Rankine is an award winning, multimedia artist and photographer who originally hails from Toronto, Canada. He has called Eureka Springs home for the past 24 years and is co-owner, artist in residence, and manager of the Eureka Fine Art Gallery in Eureka Springs. He has curated monthly art exhibitions next door to his gallery at Brews, a coffee/craft beer and gallery establishment for the past five years. Rankine was the 2011 recipient for the Arkansas Arts Council. He received the 2011 Arkansas Arts Council’s Individual Fellowship for outstanding achievement in the arts in Arkansas for his multimedia photo installation, “A Community at Peace” and was a recipient of the Artist 360 grant awarded to Arkansas artists through the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Walton Foundation for his portrait series “Men With Earrings” in 2018. John lives with his husband in a straw bale house on twenty acres of land with their two dogs and chickens, just outside Eureka Springs.

“Men With Earrings” is a series of 70 portraits of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, community members who identify as male, all wearing clip-on earrings. Years ago I purchased a large collection of vintage clip-on earrings and would occasionally select and don a different pair before going out in public – to the grocery store, the movie theater, waiting in the doctor’s office, etc. I was always surprised by people’s reactions to simple ear-bobs worn by a man – from averted eyes, embarrassed giggles, to compliments, hostile looks and even a shout out of “fuck you faggot.” Thus became the impetus and inspiration for the portrait series, that is meant to challenge traditional notions of masculinity, gender and societal norms. I chose models from the community of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, body types and sexual orientations. It was important to include several members of the transgendered community who identify as male.

About the art

John Rankine is an award winning, multimedia artist and photographer who originally hails from Toronto, Canada. He has called Eureka Springs home for the past 24 years and is co-owner, artist in residence, and manager of the Eureka Fine Art Gallery in Eureka Springs. He has curated monthly art exhibitions next door to his gallery at Brews, a coffee/craft beer and gallery establishment for the past five years. Rankine was the 2011 recipient for the Arkansas Arts Council. He received the 2011 Arkansas Arts Council’s Individual Fellowship for outstanding achievement in the arts in Arkansas for his multimedia photo installation, “A Community at Peace” and was a recipient of the Artist 360 grant awarded to Arkansas artists through the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the Walton Foundation for his portrait series “Men With Earrings” in 2018. John lives with his husband in a straw bale house on twenty acres of land with their two dogs and chickens, just outside Eureka Springs.

“Men With Earrings” is a series of 70 portraits of Eureka Springs, Arkansas, community members who identify as male, all wearing clip-on earrings. Years ago I purchased a large collection of vintage clip-on earrings and would occasionally select and don a different pair before going out in public – to the grocery store, the movie theater, waiting in the doctor’s office, etc. I was always surprised by people’s reactions to simple ear-bobs worn by a man – from averted eyes, embarrassed giggles, to compliments, hostile looks and even a shout out of “fuck you faggot.” Thus became the impetus and inspiration for the portrait series, that is meant to challenge traditional notions of masculinity, gender and societal norms. I chose models from the community of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, body types and sexual orientations. It was important to include several members of the transgendered community who identify as male.