John-Baroque

John-Baroque

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Hi I'm John an Artist seeking to be commission or to sell my artwork to appreciative buyer/s. I hope some of my work displayed here will give you an idea of the type of artwork that I do.

My Art Journey began when I attended a Local School of Art as part of a day release scheme from school, and then progressing to a Graphics Student attending the same Art College that David Bowie went to. For reasons that seemed right at the time and that I have lived to regret, I dropped out of College and completely lost touch with the "Art Scene" as it were. For the next 22 years I worked at various jobs such as Gardener/Handyman/Chauffeur, Tyre Fitter, Milk Roundsman, Postman, and General Plant Hire Operative undertaking in that role numerous tasks such Plant Machinery Fitter, Clerk and Delivery Driver.

Eventually a sort of comeback was made in 1992, I worked as a Publicity Artist at a Community Arts Charity in the Medway Towns Kent for a year and a half on a contractual basis. This led to being able to hold small venue exhibitions of my work. I also contacted various organisations that I thought maybe would be interested in my artworks. I remember approaching the Local Education Authority to see if I could be an art teaching assistant in someway, The interviewer looked at my work and said it was no better than an "A Level Students" work and told me I had nothing to offer. This was the first of many rejections. In the end I got used to receiving many such rejections.

In 1994 after having concluded that I had no success in trying to establish myself as a recognisable artist, I spent a year of unemployment and had to give up the idea of art as a potential sustainable living and for the next 6 years worked at a string of Jobs such Telesales, a Vauxhall Dealership after sales Warranty Clerk, A Temporary Inland Revenue (HMRC) Assistant and Rigging assistant/Office Clerk. Then at the beginning of the year 2000 I tried advertising myself as a freelance artist in the Yellow Pages whilst holding down my day job at the Rigging Company, I managed a few small commissions but it was not a sustainable income and it has been that way right up to the year 2018 having various day jobs and responding to art inquiries as and when they came along.

Today I am semi retired and work as a Night Watchman for a vehicle bodywork repair garage. I am still seeking to be commissioned and if possible sell some of my work.

Exhibitions:
1992 June: Fantasy & the Real: Lordswood Library: Also Radio Kent coverage
July: Fantasy & the Real: Medway Arts Centre/Brooke Theatre Chatham
December: Benefit Concert: Spiral Arts Gillingham (Proceeds of sales went to
Spiral Arts
1993 June: Creative Collaboration: Tonbridge Library
July: Creative Collaboration: Lullingstone Park Visitors Center Eynsford
I managed to sell a small amount of work but the proceeds were
eaten up with transport costs and gallery space hire.
1994 August: Creative Collaboration: Lullingstone Park Visitors Center
Sold one Painting
1997 June: Living in the Past: Brooke Theatre Chatham (a small amount of work
sold

There are other small venue exhibitions that I held with some work being sold from 2000 to 2012, after that no more exhibitions were held as it was costing a lot in parking fees, petrol and hiring exhibition space with pitiful sales that barely covered the cost of exhibiting, I wasn't getting anywhere and certainly didn't gain the recognition I so much worked to achieve. But despite this I still love producing art and will probably do so till "I drop"




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