JOHN LANCASHIRE

Born in England, John Lancashire Jnr was just a small boy when he emigrated to Australia with his family. As a young man he was your typical rebel, and although he showed a lot of creative talent and was accepted into a prestigious art school in Sydney, he didn’t stay long.

Lancashire moved to New Zealand a number of years ago, established Pearl hair salon in Napier with his partner, Debbie Schaare, daughter of local artist, Sue Schaare. He continued to paint and develop his own style in his spare time, building a reputation as a serious artist. His quirky still-life oil paintings are much sought after, their distinctive expressionist-style emanating a rare warmth and humanity. He has twice been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Painting Award, 2015 and 2019.

 "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."