24 May 2012
Born in Birmingham in 1936, contemporary artist John Kingerlee lives and works in an isolated farmhouse on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, Ireland. His studio hangs out precariously on the northern jaw of the Beara, where Kingerlee is inspired by the beautiful ‘rocks, seas and majestic skies’ of this western landscape. The artist’s work is famous for a striking use of colour and texture, and has been exhibited at prestigious venues across the globe. Kingerlee was the first Irish artist in history to be invited to exhibit a solo show at the National Museum of China, and he is also the subject of two films titled ‘The Pilgrim’ and ‘Kingerlee’. Although John tends to avoid the contemporary art scene, seldom even attending his own gallery openings, his work has been placed in the private collections of international celebrities including Hillary and Bill Clinton, Larry Mullan of U2 and the late actor Richard Harris. His painting ‘Colossus’ has now become the subject of fashion design, and has been re-worked to create an eye-catching contemporary print for stylish dress designs at www.artonfashion.com
John Jones are delighted to have previously framed original paintings by this talented artist to museum standards, and we are pleased that his use of colour and texture is now impacting upon the fashion industry.