I started drawing and painting at an early age encouraged by my grandmother who was a painter of horse portraits at the end of the 19th century in Ireland. In the 1960s, when training to be a teacher I chose Art as my main subject and was really stimulated by my tutors, printmaker Anthony Dyson and painter Charles Howard, I continued to develop my printing and painting whilst teaching during the 1970s and my absorption of silkscreen printing dates from this period when I created abstract designs based on surface and texture.
Later I learnt etching and lithography at Southampton Art College in the late 70s and in 1978 I held a one man show at Southampton University Gallery showing prints, paintings and painted reliefs. For the remainder of the 20th century I was passionately involved with sail boat racing and running my own business in the boating industry, both of which left little time for either painting or printing. However in the 1990s I felt the need to pick up the creative threads again and, although travelling extensively for work, I started to study History of Art with the OU and after seven years of study I obtained an Honours (Open) degree and an extensive knowledge of the history of visual image making.
In 2002 I started printing at the Bournemouth Arts Institute where I was encouraged to return to image making with etching and calligraphy. At this time I also joined Poole Printmakers and have found the organisation has been an important influence on my regenerated creative output. Since 2013 I have held several solo exhibitions in the Wessex area: the Forest Arts in Hampshire, the Red House in Christchurch, Dorset and also at the Southampton City Gallery in 2017.
At the Lighthouse in September John will be exhibiting a range of images from the last 10 years, etchings, viscosity prints, silkscreen and mixed media prints based on John’s growing interest in industrial and urban landscape... John explores the multiple and fragmented visual signs and messages transmitted to us as we move inside cityscapes: road signs, shop windows, demolition sites, rebuilding work, traffic, and tower blocks. This in its turn has led John on to new imagery using an increasingly abstract and collage format.