English born painter, John Lancashire emigrated to Australia as a young boy. As a teenager, the rebellious Lancashire dropped out of a prestigious art school in Sydney, preferring to nurture his own creative talent. After drifting without purpose, the birth of their son prompted Lancashire and his New Zealand partner, Debbie Schaare, daughter of local artist Sue Schaare to move to Hawkes Bay. Together they established Pearl Hair Salon in Napier. Meanwhile, Lancashire continued to paint and develop his own unique style in his spare time, adopting the moniker of The Monday Painter.

Over the past 10 years, Lancashire has built a reputation as a serious artist. His distinctive expressionist-style still life paintings emanating a rare warmth and humanity, creating something fresh and startling. He has twice been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Painting Award, 2015 and 2019.

 In Lancashire’s words, "I primarily make paintings using oil on canvas. The imagery in my paintings stems from my response to things; ideas that I become slightly obsessed with, it could be a particular colour, a shape, a phrase. I store them somewhere. The mechanical act of painting, or making a mark, brings them out. At the time I believe I know what I'm painting, but I don’t think I ever do. That for me is one of the payoffs of painting."