John’s love for art began when he won first prize at his school Easter Card Competition. At the age of 12 he was given a set of oil paints and an easel (which he still uses today), a whole new world of colour and texture was opened up.
After enrolling in painting classes at ‘Harrogate School of Art’ on Saturday mornings, John took his art interest even further attending a part time evening course where he was introduced to figure painting and also pop art.
Due to the need to earn a living John juggled running his own small business whilst continuing to paint in his spare time. It wasn’t until the mid 1990s that John returned to art more seriously and started exhibiting in the local galleries, turning fully professional in the late 1990s.
John’s career and the whole way he looked at art changed when his four year old daughter brought home a picture she had done, little did he realise how that one little picture was going to change his life.
It was a picture of a stickman figure, positioned above it, on John’s wall, hung a Lowry painting, this made John think when Lowry was young he would have painted figures just the same way. It was this moment that gave John the idea of mixing children’s art with art created by adults.
“My work gives me the chance to paint some amazing and technically difficult works first created by famous artists; whilst at the same time adding my own little bit of childhood humour”