John Lancashire emigrated to Australia with his family from England as a young boy. He attended art school in Sydney briefly but is largely self-taught, developing his own very distinctive impressionist style of painting. John, also known as The Monday Painter, moved to New Zealand over 15 years ago and is the owner-operator of Pearl, a popular Napier hair salon. John currently divides his time between the salon and the studio.
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. JL