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This is John’s first solo exhibition since his graduation from Ulster University in 2015 with a degree in Fine Art. It is a new body of work which is strongly influenced by a year he spent at L’Ecole Superieure d’Arts et Medias de Caen/Cherbourg as part of his studies. The methods he uses have been developed over the couple of years leading to his final degree show and the years since. He becomes very involved in the whole process and his observations, the initial drawings and the making and preparation of the canvasses are as important to him as the final outcomes. Though very much an instinctive artist his work is grounded in the real. These paintings (he calls them paintings with stuff added) all owe their existence to a street in France, La Rue Ecuyere in Caen.

‘I was dandering about one Sunday morning when I came across a street that was different from the rest. It had survived the bombing which destroyed 75% of Caen during World War 2. During the next couple of months I revisited it many times, taking photographs and making quick sketches. This culminated in a 20 metre long drawing, which five years later, still informs my art.”