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BIOGRAPHY

John studied at Oxford Universities Ruskin School of Fine Art and Drawing.
After graduating with distinction in 1986 he spent his early career in Glasgow, where
he worked as a sculptor, lectured in art schools and worked in galleries, before an
interest in science and computing propelled John into the games industry where he
worked for 15 years, most recently as an art director at Sony.


In 2010 he returned to his own work full time and has continued to reflect upon, and
explore the practical opportunities and conceptual implications of digital production
for makers. In the process, he paints and builds objects in which traditional formal
concerns are framed in the context of the computers half world, and the notions
of representation inevitably collide with those of simulation (the computers lingua
franca). Questions of trust and belief are, consequently, never far from his work.
Since returning to his own art he has exhibited in New York, Stockholm, London,
Miami amongst other places and was featured in the BBC2 Arts Programme 'Show Me
The Monet', as well as the Guardian ( 'From Killzone to Canvas').

• Co founder of Glasgow Sculpture Studios
• Visual Arts Coordinator Tramway Glasgow ,1990-92
• Lecturer in sculpture Greys School of Art Aberdeen
• 15 years experience in the games industry as Art Director and Lead Artist
• Exhibitions 1987-95 in Poland, Finland, Scotland, England, Spain
• Exhibitions 2010-15 Cambridge, London, New York, Stockholm, Miami

Selected Exhibitions
2017 Lynn Painter Stainers, London
2017 Ashurst Art Prize, London
2017 'Beyond The Real', Stratford
2016 Private, Beijing 55 Art Space
2016 "Thinking", Riverside Gallery, Beijing
2016 'How the Light Gets In', Institute of Ideas, Hay on Wye
2016 Correspond, 35 Painters, Ocean Terminal, Edinburgh
2016 Fulcrum, ARB Cambridge
2015 The Discerning Eye, London
2015 'One', The Exhibitionist Hotel, London
2015 The Sleep Of Reason Part 4, Cambridge
2015 'How the Light Gets In', Institute of Ideas, Hay on Wye
2014 Context Art, Miami
2014 The Sleep of ReasonPart3, Eton AB, London
2014 The Sleep of Reason Part2, Norwood Club,New York
2014 The Sleep of Reason Part1, Konstnärshuset ,Stockholm
2014 Affordable Art Fair, New York
2013 A Beautiful Death, View, Bristol
2013 RA Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy ,London
2013 Affordable Art Fair, New York
2013 Battersea Affordable Art Fair, London
2013 Hampstead Art Fair, London
2011 'Configured' Signal Gallery, London'Summer Contemporary' , Alon Zakaim, London
2011 'Show Me The Monet' Royal College of Art, London
2011 'Painting Stories" Solo show Kings College, Cambridge
2010 Real Broadgate| GoFigurative
2010-14 Open Studios, Cambridge
2009 London Design Week " Furniture File"
1995 'Irish Days 3', Slupsk, Poland
1995 'Do It', CCA, Glasgow
1994 'Modern Art', Transmission Gallery, Glasgow
1991 'Salon Glasgow', CCA, Glasgow
1990 Galerie Sculptur, Helsinki, Finland

Employment
2010 Self Employed Artist
2008 – 2010 Art Director: Little Big Planet PSP, Sony Cambridge
2008 Art Director: Heavenly Sword 2, Sony Cambridge
2007 Art Director: One Life (Prototype), Sony Cambridge
2007 Visual Development Lead Killzone 2, Guerrilla Amsterdam
2007 External Art Director: Heavenly Sword Sony Cambridge
2005-07 Character and Animation Director: Eight Days, Sony London
2005-07 Lead Concept artist: Eight Days, Sony London
2003-04 Lead Artist : Nicktoons Snapshot, Warthog Manchester
2002-03 Lead Artist on Looney Tunes Back In Action, Warner Bros
1999-02 Lead Artist on Loons, Infogrames/ Warner Bros, Manchester
1997-99 Lead Artist on PSX title Drone Supernatural, Inner Workings
1995-97 Lecturer in Sculpture, Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen
1991-94 Visual arts Co-ordinator, Tramway, Glasgow
1990-91 Installation Co-ordinator, Tramway Glasgow
1989 Visiting Tutor, Glasgow School of Art
1988-90 Exhibition Supervisor, CCA, Glasgow
Press and Publications
2012 'Good Old Drawing:G.O.D" by: Sir Nicholas Serota, et al
2011 'From Killzone to Canvas' interview in Guardian Newspaper
2011 'Show Me The Monet' BBC2
Grants And Awards
2010 BAFTA (best art direction: handheld)
1995 Scottish Arts Council; Small Assistance Grant
1990 GDC Exchange Programme; 3 month exchange to Helsinki,