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John Mackinlay

John Mackinlay

John grew up in India surrounded by bright colours, lush foliage and powerful sunlight and he was always drawing and painting in a messy sort of way. Later during military service in the 70s and 80s he was lucky to work and travel in tropical places, in rain forests as well as the Himalayas. And several decades later he is still excited by sunlight and the deep green colours that you find at the edges of a tropical forest.

John began painting more seriously in 2002 and started a fine art degree at Farnham. However he left without completing the course and began to search for different ways to engage with images and things that interested me. In 2006 he joined an informal group of lively painters led by Anthea Stilwell. With this influence he began to paint in a bolder and more expressive manner.

John’s aim is to convey the sense of a place, emphasise the collision of colours and the exhilaration of human figures.