John studied both graphic design and fine art at college, his interests have always been somewhere between the two, his main activity being printmaking. He experimented in printmaking a great deal as a child and made his first boxes and screen printed books while at college in the 1980’s.
John’s interest is in natural history, in particular the human relationship with nature and our inclination to categorise and order the natural world. A childhood spent playing and rooting about in his grandparent’s large garden in Kent, left a lasting impression and remains the source of many ideas and work.
John now makes a variety of work incorporating screen printing including boxes, prints, books and cards. He has work in numerous private and public collections, public collections include, Museum of Modern Art New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library and the British Library.
After studying Graphic Design at Canterbury College of Art, John studied Fine Art Painting at Camberwell School of Art. He also made his first boxes at this time, which featured in his degree show installation.
John went on to take a Postgraduate in printmaking focusing on screen printing, exploring sequential imagery, which led to his first prints and artists’ books.
John has shown in many mixed and survey shows including the V&A Museum, Tate Gallery, RA Summer Exhibition, Cornerhouse Manchester, Bluecoat Liverpool and The National Trust. Solo shows include ‘Natural History’ at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, ‘In the Country’ with Southern Arts Touring and ‘Rural Views’ at Aytoun Gallery Manchester.
He has work in many private and public collections. Public collections include, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library, British Library, Museum of Modern Art New York, Yale Center for British Art, Royal College of Art Library, Winchester School of Art, University of Brighton and Hampshire County Council.
Sticks and Stones is a new collection of paintings made in 2017 especially for Frank.