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  John Guest  

Born 1955, Barnsley, Yorkshire.

1972-74 Barnsley School of Art, Foundation Studies.

1974-77 Central School of Art and Design, London, BA hons Fine Art (Painting).

1978-81 Royal College of Art MA Painting.


Whilst at the RCA John won the Trident Fellowship in 1981, then taught part time at Falmouth School of Art. He continued with his painting at Chisenhale Studios, London. Since joining Gainsborough’s House Print Workshop in 2014, he has been concentrating on etching and lino-printing.

In 2018 he joined the local art group CO10 Collective

in Sudbury.


Since leaving art school, John’s work has often swung between very abstract and more figurative imagery. He’s never been overly inspired by the ‘real world’ but takes from it: playing with its shapes and colours, allowing them to enter, exit and move around his ‘stage’.

Lines from his sketchbooks dominate, and so etching and lino-printing are ideal media

for his style. John’s work is lighthearted and playful in the main although shadows lurk and flit.

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