John Ives’ bold , colourful oil paintings range from surreal street and ocean scapes to expressive scenes of humanity and nature. Reinterpreting current and timeless issues through dreams, memories and the endless realms of imagination. He paints many themes and yet his work is often autobiographical putting his experiences and the things close to his heart into the narrative.
John is currently based in Brighton UK. As well as exhibiting his work in Brighton he has had shows in London and Vancouver.
He has found his many travels to be a great influence on his work, gaining experience and inspiration from the places and people he’s encountered. John is very drawn to the ocean. His love for the sea and the life within it surface often in his work. His 20ft by 10ft Whale mural has become a landmark in Brighton’s busy North Lanes.
John is available for Commissioned Paintings, Murals and Illustration.
August/September 2016 Solo Exhibition and new Mural at Painting Pottery cafe, Brighton.
June 2016 A week of Art workshops at St Margarets school, Angmering. Talks, live painting and running Art workshops with all the year groups.
December 2014/January 2015 Group Exhibition at Train of Thought Emporium, Worthing.
March 2014 Mural and Exhibition for Whalefest at Onca gallery, Brighton. Exhibition of paintings and prints at Whalefest, Brighton.
August 2013 Group show ‘Imagination’ at CRE8 Gallery, Hackney Wick, London
June 2013 Solo show at ‘Art Schism’ Brighton.
Dec 2012 Joined and helped run Artist Co-operative ‘Art Schism’ in Brighton. A gallery of 20 artists holding group shows, solo shows and running workshops.
2012 Mural and Exhibition of paintings for Whalefest in Brighton.
2011 – ‘Wish you were here’ exhibition. Group show at The George Orwell, Islington, London.
2010 – Solo exhibition at The Harvey Gallery, Guildford. Over the 2 week show John painted and auctioned the work for Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society and Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
2009 / 2010 – Resident artist at JAG Gallery Brighton. Working in open studio and exhibiting paintings.Also painted a mural on the outside of gallery.
2008 – Group exhibition at The Painting Pottery café, Brighton.
2007 – Group exhibition at The Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London.
2006 – Painted a 20ft by 10ft Whale Mural on the side of The Painting Pottery Café,Brighton. Held a solo exhibition in the gallery whilst painting mural.
2005 – Opened and curated Hallway 2052 Gallery with friends on 4th ave, Vancouver, Canada.
2004 – ‘POP!’ Group Exhibition in Brighton.
2003 – Group Exhibition at Xavier Gallery, Brighton.