John’s background is fine art, graduating and obtaining an MA Fine Art at Manchester Metropolitan University 1990 – 1994. Previously he obtained a degree in Philosophy then worked in the music industry. John’s doctoral thesis – The Post-Medium Condition: Video as Painting was obtained in 2013 and focused on his continuing interest in painting and new technologies. He continues to exhibit and curate nationally and internationally – curated group shows and exhibitions include showing in Bangkok, Sweden, Romania, London, Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham.
After lecturing on a variety of art based courses in various HE institutions John taught art on the Primary ITT programme at Edge Hill University before joining Bishop Grosseteste University in 2010 to lead the Visual Arts programmeJohn currently teaches on the Secondary PGCE and is subject specialist in Art and Design and Design Technology. His teaching covers a range of both practical and theoretical approaches in art and its application within educational contexts.
John’s research has focused on aspects of painting methodologies in relation to situating agency within particular social frameworks and has developed out of his training in philosophy and fine art. Recent research has drawn from expanded practices in painting through the use of digital technologies, in particular exploring the intersection of painting and video. John’’s research has been framed by his interest in an increasingly digitised culture and its effects on users of new technologies. He is currently working with colleagues at different institutions on an inter-disciplinary project Books of Blood, a curating and publishing project that builds on his practice-based research interests.