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About

John Vincent is an award winning artist and film maker based in Letchworth Garden City, England.

John uses a range of media including oil paint, digital media and video underpinned by a strong photographic component. By blending and compositing source material, typically photography and video fragments, John creates intensely atmospheric narratives.

John has exhibited widely including 2007 ‘Cuts’ exhibition in Switzerland as well as more recent screenings at The Leyden Gallery in London alongside numerous other solo and group shows in London and England. He is also a previous prize winner of the Apthorp Prize (2001), Creekside Open (2011) and awarded a Fellowship with Digswell Arts from 2012-2016.

Visit the individual sections of the portfolio for more information on his practice.

Please get in contact if you would like to purchase existing work or commission new work.

Oil Painting & Time Based Work

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 John’s work is informed by notions of a ‘domestic surrealism’ and a contemporary suburban Gothic that touches on science fiction with a distinctly British feel. 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.

John's video work explores similar ideas of mystery and what lies beneath the surface through video, animation and audio.

Digital

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Digital Painting

Painting Digitally alongside his traditional work, John has experimented with the media for close to 10 years.

The primary tools used for producing digital painting are pencil and paper, Corel Painter, Affinity Photo & Adobe Photoshop.

The content of the images embraces John's interest in science fiction, in particular time travel. The content and preciseness available in digital often contrasts the more expressive and domestic content of the oil painted works - however this is what the digital medium appears best placed to achieve.

John has been specifically commissoned to produce digital work which has included cover art, comic book illustration and colourisation and most recently for the Garden City Postcard project in 2017.

Please get in contact if you would like to purchase prints of digital works, project collaboration/support or commission something new.

Digital Process

There are two main approaches which are used in John's Digital work:

The Digital Painting starts as either a pencil or digital sketch. These works are constructed with the bare bones of the image layed down at this stage. They are then developed with some references. The digital paintings are then worked and re-worked in a very similar way to a traditional oil painting with layers, gradually refining the image over the course of the painting with blending and finer brushes.

'Digital Painting Process

In the Photo-Based work, the starting point is a photograph. The photograph is then manipulated digitally, which includes both digital painting and retouching of the original image. Some parts of the photo maybe removed and replaced (either by other photographic information or digital painting), again making use of layers.

'Photo Artwork Process

Both processes are created using software (typically Corel Painter, Adobe Photoshop or Affinity Photo) with hardware - a tablet and stylus using digital brushes within the program.

Traditional vs Digital

The end result of a digital artwork is either a digital file (Jpeg, TIFF, PNG etc) or as a print. An oil painting ends up on canvas and can be digitally captured to make a print. The digital painting itself can take just as long, but there are no brushes to clean up, the layers are easily changed and there is Undo! Iterations of digital works can also be saved so it is possible to go back to an earlier version. Although the Giclee prints are excellent, they are not quite as rich as the finish of an oil painting.

Graphics

Over the last 3 years John has been involved in creating both print and web graphics commercially. This has included the use of Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW and Affinity Designer.