Trained initially as an actor in 1970 and pursued that path for several years. Since then he has painted display mannequins, restored pictures for a London gallery, spent several years as interior muralist, demonstrated mural painting on the ‘Discovery Channel’ and taught Landscape painting class for several years at Art in Action. Eventually he moved to East Anglia around the millennium motivated by a love of painting landscape ‘en plein air’. Ironically since Norfolk he has reverted to painting still-life in the studio.
Five years ago after moving to his present ‘ruin’’ in central France he developed an interest in exploring life’s contrasts: such as those between monochrome and colour, the real and the illusory etc. Living now in an area where trees abound he has recently begun expanding into sculpture; partly informed by retinal observation and partly conceptual, employing incongruity, humour and sometimes inanimate objects as stand-ins to highlight aspects of human behaviour and emotions, John aspires to create works which elicit a stilling hiatus, or a smile of recognition in the daily grind of human existence.
U.K. Lauderdale House (London); Harleston Gallery; Halesworth Gallery; Horace Blue Norwich; Cork Brick; Chimney Mill (West Stow); Corke Gallery (Liverpool) (permanent collection); Digby Gallery (Cromer); Norfolk Open Studios and Waveney Springs Collective.
France: Solos: Café Galerie, Grand-Bourg (permanent collection); Boutique Bis (La Souterraine) and Sans Titre Galerie, (Rancon) expo’s: 2013/2015/2017