Loch Na-Faolin, Skye
Size 36 x 36 cm
Struan Jetty, Skye
Size 45 x 45 cm
Although born in the rolling Border country, John has sailed the all over the world through his work in the Royal Navy. During his travels, he tackled diverse jobs from painting and newspaper photography to building. However, his love for the rugged and wild countryside and the Scottish seascape encouraged him to return to Scotland and settle on the Isle of Skye.
His art education followed an apprenticeship style training with the artist Robert Fraser. By 1979, he had joined the ‘Lothian Group’ of artists and had begun to exhibit in group and one-man exhibitions in and around Edinburgh. The following year, John went full time as an artist. John currently works from his studio at Roskhill, just south of Dunvegan on the Isle of Skye.
John works in various media and enjoys exploring ways of applying paint and collage to create his interpretations of the elements that shape the Scottish landscape. He works with water-based media which allows a flow of ideas, from thin layered washes to thickly applied acrylic with collage integrated into the paint. Work in oils has begun to feature again and some very effective images are produced with the use of collage alone.
John has paintings in private collections all over the world and features in the new edition of The Dictionary of Scottish Painters 1600 to the Present by Julian Halsby and Paul Harris, published in October 2010. He has also had work hung and sold in the RSW exhibition in Edinburgh.
I am committed to landscape painting. I feel that there are enough fascinating visual stimuli to keep me working away for the rest of my life, and then I will only have scratched the surface.
What holds my interest is the fact that the landscape never stays still. Every aspect of this visual feast is ever changing before our eyes. The landscape of the northwest of Scotland is where I life and work and it is here that I get the most feedback from walking and sketching. I am no longer interested in a bonnie view, nice though it may be, what I want to show through my paintings is what I feel about the visual world around me. Stones gathered in a cleft of rock, seaweed tangled and tossed up on the shore, the wonderful colours of the work may come out as abstract shapes or sometimes quite traditional looking paintings. If the finished work does not have the quality and finish I look for in a painting then it is scrapped and I try again. It is the artist’s job to manipulate the visual world around us and produce something more than just a record of what was there.
Solo and Mixed Shows
Peter Potters, Haddington
Gallery 2, Waverly Market, Edinburgh
Hanover Fine Arts, Edinburgh
Cornerstone Gallery, Dunblane
John Pattersons, Newington, Edinburgh
Framed Images, Stirling
Queens Hall, Edinburgh
RSW Edinburgh, 1989
Jerdan Gallery, 2 Person Show, June-July 2012
Aberfeldy Spring Exhibition 2012
Edinburgh Art Fair December 2011
Aberfeldy Gallery, 2 Person Show, October 2011
Aberfeldy Spring Show, 2011
Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld, 2 Man Show, March- April 2011
Aberfeldy and Jerdan Christmas Shows 2010
C.F.A.G. Eton, 3 Man Show, Summer 2010
Tore Gallery, Mixed Shows, 2010
Solo Show at Inverness Airport, 2010
Jerdan Gallery, Crail, 2 Person Show, July 2010
Aberfeldy Spring Exhibition, April- May 2010
Di Rollo Gallery Edinburgh, 2 Person Show, April 2010
C.F.A.G. Eton, Mixed Shows and Art Fairs, 2009
Aberfeldy Christmas Show, December 2009
Iona House Gallery, Woodstock, Oxford, ‘Scottish Exhibition,’ September-October 2009
Leith Gallery, Edinburgh, RLS Show, 2009
Atholl Gallery, Dunkeld, July-August, Two Person Show, 2009
Di Rollo Gallery, Spring 25th Anniversary Exhibition, 2009
Contemporary Gallery of Fine Art, Eton, ‘Caledonian Show,’ 2009
Jerdan Gallery, Crail, February 2008