John was born in Glasgow in 1948 and studied at Glasgow School of Art from 1967 - 71. He completed a Post Graduate course in 1972. He also studied at Jordanhill T.T.C. 1972 - 73 graduating with a Dip.Ed Prim/Sec. He has received several awards including: W.O. Hutchison Drawing Prize and the Landscape Travelling Scholarship, Royal Academy, London. John taught Art & Design at Lochgilphead High School for 21 years and was Art & Design Advisor for Strathclyde Region Advisory Service for schools in Argyll and Bute, Dunbarton and Glasgow Divisions from 1994 - 96. In 1996 he set up in business as a private Art & Design consultant, working for Glasgow School of Art and for the National Society for Education in Art & Design (N.S.E.A.D.). He delivered courses in the new Charles Rennie Macintosh 'House for the Art Lover' in Glasgow and for teachers in Scotland and the North of England. He also worked for the Scottish Office preparing staff development materials for Scottish teachers. In the summer of 1997, John gave up all consultancy work and now paints full-time in Tayvallich, Argyll.
He has exhibited widely throughout Scotland and in London and further afield, his work is held in many Collections including: Bank of Scotland, Glasgow School of Art, Thomas Thomasson Hotels, Iceland, Argyll & Bute Hospital Trust and private collections throughout the World. John's work is spontaneous, a mixture of Expressionism and Colourist. His main idea is to express the feeling of wind and its effect, not only on the landscape, but on buildings. He feels that buildings are 'alive', even empty ones with lives that are past - hence the crazy angles and the feeling of movement to express life. However, John wants to express something of God's Creation and man's mark on it. This is done in the Expressionist tradition using thick paint and vibrant colour .To encourage landscape painters in Scotland, in 2006 John launched the Jolomo Lloyds TSB Scotland Awards. These were presented at the Foundation's Award ceremony at the National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh in June 2007. There have been two further Jolomo Awards which were also presented at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery & Museum, Glasgow in June 2009 and 2011. The Strathearn Gallery was a co-sponsor of the 2009 Jolomo Awards. John is one of Scotland's best-loved landscape artists and has donated numerous works and profits from his paintings to worthy causes. This year he was recognised for his services to art and charity and was awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours List.
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