He was born with a non-verbal disability and while he never talked about his work, it shows us a fantastical and expressive world of landscapes and architecture expressed in sublime, subtle colours. John passed away in 2004.
John experimented with several disciplines including printmaking, painting and relief work, but it was in his drawings that his innate understanding of colour and form was most evident. By layering his favourite chalk pastels and wax crayons on A3 sugar paper, and in using the colour of the paper to influence the hue of the finished drawing, John often drew similar motifs such as buildings, trees and worlds with confident, repetitive mark making. His drawings transport us to dusky forests, allow us to imagine strange gingerbread-like houses in the woods and glimpse spaceships landing on treetops.
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