Naive John b.1962 has trained in both fine art and art history. In 2004, after being awarded the Susan Cotton Travel Scholarship, he exhibited alongside the Stuckists in an exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool. In 2007 he was invited to curate an exhibition at John Moores University Liverpool which culminated in his subsequent discovery by the influential collector David Roberts and the end of his relationship with the Stuckists. His work is collected internationally and is represented in several important collections including the Edwin Morgan Gift at the Hunterian Museum, Glasgow, and the David Roberts Art Collection, London.
STATEMENT OF INTENT
Mixing together pre-existing material - whose origins stem from the disconnected worlds extracted from Google - my practice involves the creation of works that blur the boundaries between computer generated and handmade imagery to explore the Hyperreal and self-referential. Using digital media to inform my painting process and aesthetic, I am drawn to austere, mathematical precision and go to great lengths to avoid the painterly. Some have described what I do as anti-painting.
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