John has exhibited and sold paintings at a number of prestigious shows. He has been painting for over 40 years in his almost photo-realistic style and has won a great deal of acclaim for his paintings; plus a national award for his documentary photography whilst still a student.
John was born in Birmingham, England in 1961 and currently resides close to Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, where his family has lived since 1965.
He studied ‘O’ and ‘A’ Level Art in two, rather than the customary four years – showing a not inconsiderable flair for the subject – as well as early signs of the realism in his art that would later become a ‘trademark’ of his style.
In 1983 John gained a BA in Visual Communications Studies at West Midlands College of Higher Education. The course consisted of practical work in several creative fields including photography, graphic design, video and audio visual production. In his graduating year, John’s photographs of poor quality high-rise, high-density housing in the West Midlands won the main portfolio prize in a competition organised by The Observer and Christian Aid, which was open to all professional photojournalists in the UK.
After College, John worked for a number of years as a freelance journal photographer and graphic designer and then temped in offices for around 15 years whilst trying to secure work as a professional actor. This period included a number of productions at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, plus TV and film roles.
In 1997, John exhibited and sold one of his artworks at the Singer & Friedlander/Sunday Times watercolour Exhibition at the Mall Galleries in London. His painting of Lichfield Cathedral was selected and sold during that show’s preview. In July 2008, another of John’s paintings, Low Tide, was selected for exhibition at the prestigious Royal Watercolour Society & Sunday Times Watercolour Competition exhibition. Again, the piece sold at the exhibition’s preview held at Bankside Gallery, home to the RWS.
He has also shown work at the Friends of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists Open Exhibition; as well as other galleries in the Midlands and East Anglia.
John established his first Twinning Fine Art website back in 2008, but it was starting to look a little bit difficult to navigate on small screens. The current mobile device-friendly website built by Tim, has brought John’s marketing right up date and will hopefully put his work well and truly before a much wider 21st Century clientele .