Artists Studio Visit, John Midgley
Cley, June 2014
Paston students got the chance to visit John Midgley's studio as part of the Cley 14 Contemporary Art Exhibition.
After training at Harrogate School of Art, John became an arts advisor for the London Boroughs of Haringey and Brent. He then established a studio complex housing 24 artists in North London, later working as a sculpture tutor in Camden.
His decision to hand over the reins of his company to a fellow artist a year ago allowed him to focus on creating and exhibiting the colourful abstracts he has become known for.
Projects have included six large (8' x 3') paintings called Pastoral Suite for North Norfolk District Council, on permanent display in their offices at Holt Road, Cromer.
"My paintings are often changed or discarded because they just don't work, so there is a high wastage," John explained. "They have absolutely nothing to do with good taste and they are not designed to flatter or lure you in - they are more of a statement and the quite clumsy marks are about me responding to the painting rather than trying to force it in to something".
John's paintings have strong echoes of the America artists Willem de Kooning and Cy Twombly.
Please see his work www.johnmidgley.yolasite.com
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