Once described by Toller Cranston as a “calculated Bohemian”, John combines a love of travel, curiosity for life and experimental spirit with the discipline of an athlete and the study of the traditional craft of art to create the unique expression of his art.
John’s first art form was as a professional musician. He spent three years in the early 1980’s touring Europe with the punk rock band, Theatre of Hate. In his spare time, he explored the European museums and when he returned to Canada, discovered his own expression through painting. Since then, he has studied art and painted through extensive travels and a variety of learning opportunities, including three months in New York in 2011.
Aptly named, John’s solo show at the McLaren Art Centre in Barrie was entitled “The Artist as a Traveller”. In 2007-2008, John lived and painted in Paris and Barcelona and has recently returned from a trip to Budapest and Barcelona. In addition, he visited the small town of Horta de San Juan where Picasso spent time as a youth and has been quoted as saying “ All I know, I learned in Horta”.
Over the past year John has visited a variety of parts of Canada from small towns and fishing villages in Quebec, the Gaspe and Nova Scotia, through his favourite sites in Georgian Bay, to the Cowboy Trail in Alberta and on to Vancouver and the west coast.
Travel, observation of life, and a study of the masters in international art continue to be integral to John’s artistic expression.
Studio school, New York, 2002
International School of Art, Umbria, Italy, 1994, 1996
Art Students League of New York, New York, 1995
Ontario College of Art and Design, Toronto, 1992-1994
University Club, Toronto, Ontario
McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, Ontario
Guest Lecturer, Glasgow School of Art, Glasgow, Scotland
Place and Spaces, Roberts Gallery, 2014
Rushing the Red Line, Solo Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, 2012
Solo Exhibition, Thielsen Gallery, 2012
The Quiet Revolution of Canadian Art, Armory Show, New York, 2011
Moments Between Destinations Solo Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, 2010
Group Show, Thielsen Gallery, 2009
Paintings from Paris and Barcelona Solo Exhibition, Roberts Gallery, 2008
MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, 2006
Artists Choice, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 2005-Present
Sketches, Roberts Gallery, Toronto, 2005-Present
Toronto International Art Fair, Toronto, 2005-Present
Hotel Templiers, France, 2005
Prince Street Gallery, New York, 2004
Kasper Gallery, Toronto,1998, 2001
Jamie Kennedy Restaurant ROM, Toronto, 2002
Kraus Gallery, Berlin, 2000
Heenan Blaikie, Toronto
Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, Toronto
First Executive Centre, Calgary
Joe Fung Architects, Hong Kong
Private collections in New York, Spain, Scotland, Berlin and throughout North America
Roberts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
Theilsen Gallery, London, Ontario
Darrell Bell Gallery, Saskatoon
Masters Gallery, Calgary