Tree Seedlings (Pentonville)
Acrylic on a map fragment.
Framed w 33 x h 27 cm.
Much of the imagery John draws on revisits childhood memories, particularly of playing amongst the apple trees and vegetable patch in his grandparent’s large Kent garden. Further knowledge came from gazing at illustrations in a small childhood book collection, chiefly from the Observer series and Ladybird Nature books.
These early experiences have left a lasting impression of the beauty and fragility yet resilience of nature. John considers nature’s point of view above mankind’s need to understand and control it which is often at odds with the natural world.
John makes paintings, prints, box works and book art. He has shown extensively in solo and group shows and has work in public and private collections around the world. Public collections include, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library, British Library, Museum of Modern Art New York, Yale Center for British Art, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Royal College of Art Library, and Winchester School of Art.
This artwork is being shown at Atelier Beside the Sea as part of the exhibition Undersea Overland.