Born in Scarborough, John comes from a family with a strong artistic tradition going back several generations in Ryedale. His father was a talented and well-known landscape painter and from earliest days John drew and painted from this landscape.
John completed a foundation course in art in Scarborough in 1976. He then went on to complete a degree in Fine Art Painting in Manchester in 1979.
‘As a child I roamed this land through woodland, meadow and thicket. Along lost shadowed tracks bye ways, and no ways. Often staying out until the stream glittered in the moonlight and the path through the woods was a winding band of starlight overhead. This landscape lives deeply in my soul.’
For the last three years, John has been concentrating on, and developing, his vision of landscape through drawing and painting. A couple of recent solo exhibitions have showcased the results of this work, and Silson Contemporary is delighted to be showing 3 such pieces in the Autumn Show.
‘The Call of the Land’ at the Ryedale Folk Museum Gallery in 2017, featured twenty-five of John’s large charcoal drawings, followed by another large solo show, ‘Rivers of Light’, at the North York Moors Centre, 2019.
‘Rivers of Light’ was also accompanied by an illustrated booklet with essay by Jane Sellars, Curator, Mercer Art Gallery, 2003-18 (available to purchase from Silson).
John was delighted to be one of a handful of talented Yorkshire artists to have the accolade of being selected for the ‘Great Yorkshire Art’ Exhibition at the Mercer Gallery, Harrogate in 2018, a show which celebrated exceptional Yorkshire artists over the decades.
He works from his studio in Appleton-le-Moors, North Yorkshire.