New Shows


March is the Month of Photography in Denver and there is much on view throughout the city.  My work will be exhibited in eight different shows.  Please consider stopping in and seeing some of the work in person.  There are also a number of opening receptions connected to these shows that would be wonderful to see friends at.  Much of my work on exhibit was completed in 2023 as well as some images from 2022 and past bodies of work.  All these exhibitions are free and open to the public.

On view at Red Rocks College Gallery is a great show entitled

Some Assembly Required

RED ROCKS COMMUNITY COLLEGE, 13300 W. 6th Ave, Lakewood, Colorado 80228

(The gallery is just inside the main entrance – turn right at the roundabout into short term parking and walk under the Main Entrance sign into the building.)

February 27th through March 30th

(gallery hours: M-TH 7am-9pm, Fri 7am-6pm, Sat 10am-2pm)


(A major installation entitled “Tea Party” was completed for this exhibit.  It’s a must see piece.)

"Tea Party" (models Randy Rushton & Sabin Aell), 40"x60" canvas print handworked with oil paint, gel and wax, multi-media installation.
"50-year old Peeps" at entry to installation
"Baptismal Font"
"Attempted Escape"
Chapel to "Lip Envy" with some original elements.

Look Back, Moving Forward:

Permanent Collection Highlights

Colorado Photographic Arts Center, 1070 Bannock St, Denver, CO 80204

February 17th through March 31st

(gallery hours: Tues-Fri 11am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm)

(My portrait of Andy Warhol is a featured image in this show.)

"Andy Warhol, Fort Collins, CO 1981"

Altered Images

Center for Fine Art Photography

Virtual Exhibition

February 21st through June 30th, 2023

“Image alteration is more relevant than ever, not only as a rich formal language, but also as a mode of contemporary expression.”

I received a “Director’s Honorable Mention Award” for my piece in this show
"Pink Midas #02" (model: Paris Lewis), 20"x24" archival pigment print on canvas hand-worked with acrylics and wax.


Portraits in Photography

Art Students League of Denver, 200 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203

March 3rd through March 26th

(show hours: M-TH 8:30am-5pm, Sat 12-4pm)


(I have two large single portraits and a portrait triptych on exhibit in this show.)

"Woman with Scorpion Hair" (model: Nilda Getty), 30"x40" canvas print, handworked with oils. From an ongoing series entitled "Vanities".
"Boy with Smiling Croc" (models: Zachery Karamaroutis & Nile Crocodile), 40"x50" archival pigment print. From the "Human by Nature" series.
"The Executive Suite" (models: Kirby Henderson, Pledger, Bill Amundson), 36"x90", selectively hand-dyed and hand-bleached silver gelatin prints. From the "Portraits of the New Age" series.

Capturing Colorado

Four Mile Historic Park Gallery, 715 S Forest St, Denver, CO 80246

March 1st through March 31st

(gallery hours: Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays 10am-4pm.  Show entrance is free.)

(A print version of the full mural “Homeless in Denver” advocates for this marginalized community in a portrait of Colorado.)

"Homeless In Denver Mural, Revisited" (Homage to Father Woody), 15"x50" archival pigment print

Field of View:

Photographic Expressions

Edge Gallery, 6501 W. Colfax, Lakewood, CO 80214

March 10th through March 26th

(gallery hours: Fridays 6-9pm, Saturdays and Sundays 12-5pm)

"Folded Iguana", 40"x60" canvas print, handworked with oils

The Big Picture


Later in March 

The Big Picture puts up large photos on outside walls throughout the city of Denver.  They are b/w prints put up with wheat paste.  The pasting party is scheduled for March 26th.

When I know where these images will be pasted up, I’ll post the location and some pictures here.

"Rhino Beetle Pupa"
"A Child's Joy"

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    • Amy
      February 27, 2023

      What a wonderful body of work!

    • Dave Yust
      March 2, 2023

      Hi John:
      It is wonderful to see some of your new photo images. As I walked by the Easter display at Safeway and saw the magenta Peeps – I was thinking of your images of them . . . It was also good to see the image of Nilda Getty as we have not seen one another since the time we were at Phil Risbeck’s opening reception at the Denver Art Museum – at least 10 years ago . . . All the best to you and Casey! —- Dave

    • Sue Hunt
      March 31, 2023

      I did get to see the Tea Party exhibit out at Red Rocks. Wow, seeing all the colorful lips, peeps and blue-pink tea party happening all at once was quite an experience. Peeps, peeps and more peeps, right down to the wallpaper in the tea party itself. Such an expression of the what I would call the playful John Bonath!

      I also had the pleasure of seeing the Capturing Colorado at the Four Mile Park Gallery. I loved this one for its ability to capture authentic images of these individuals. They are shown as real people, opening up, smiling or showing their inner strength in the photos, without the social stigma that may accompany their situation. I see the homelessness situation as a growing epidemic, which must be recognized before we can help find solutions. Thank you John, for bringing this to our attention in this beautiful, artful and important presentation!

    • James A Holmes
      March 3, 2024

      Beautiful and evocative work! I look forward to learning more about your practice.

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