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About John Birch

John Birch studied Fine Art at the West of England College of Art (now part of the University of the West of England). After graduating he remained in Bristol continuing to paint and had one man exhibitions at the Axis Gallery, Clifton and at the Bristol Arts Centre. He also took part in group exhibitions at the Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol and the Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

He then spent the rest of his career as a graphic designer and only started painting seriously again after moving to Portscatho in 2013.

“My early Bristol-based work explores urban themes - but since moving to Cornwall and living within sight of the sea the paintings have been strongly influenced by the local shoreline.
When painting I am aware that the identification of shapes and colours in the subject and the process of transferring them to the canvas is really one of abstraction, and my work explores the degree to which this can be controlled and adjusted by using a variety of techniques and employing controlled chaos to ensure a lively degree of randomness in the final painting.”

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