John Vincent is an award winning artist painter and film maker based in Letchworth Garden City.
Vincent uses a range of media including oil paint, digital (pixels and vector) and video underpinned by a strong photographic component. By blending and compositing source material, typically photography and video fragments, Vincent creates intensely atmospheric narratives.
A reproduction of a landscape painting on the living room wall of his grandparents' house first inspired his interest in what lay beneath the pictorial surface and how art had the power to generate ideas beyond what you were actually seeing. This simple landscape had a country road running through the middle of fields before it turned off abruptly and exited to the right side of the canvas. Where would this road lead?
The recent subject matter of Vincent’s work is informed by notions of a ‘domestic surrealism’ and a contemporary suburban Gothic that touches on science fiction. These ideas have led to the exploration of eerie and atmospheric interpretations of everyday life through an often oblique composition. The technique used requires the ability to play with lighting to set up a mood. Missing or hidden elements within the scene convey a sense of mystery by alluding to events that have already occurred (or are about to). This often involves the concealment of the identities of characters (if present) within the frame or by the interaction of characters with the inanimate objects that surround them.
Influences include work created by artists and film makers such as David Lynch, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and Gerhard Richter and can be seen in his work, as well as influences from earlier artists such as the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch. Much of the source material and locations are from his time spent living in London and from his home town of Letchworth Garden City.
Vincent has exhibited widely including 2007 ‘Cuts’ exhibition in Switzerland as well as numerous solo and group shows in London and England. He is also a previous prize winner at the Apthorp Prize (2001) and Creekside Open (2011).