John studied at The Northampton School of Art and The Byam Shaw Kensington, following this with extensive study in life drawing and human anatomy. Although he has worked in a variety of media, including watercolour, etching and sculpture, he has always considered himself to be an oil painter. John’s primary interest is painting people in situations, whether it be a beautiful woman or old men in a bar, and although John does take the occasional commission (and once exhibited with the Royal Society of Portrait Painters), he prefers to choose his own models ,locations and compositions and weave his own narrative both real and imagined around the characters in his pictures.
John opened his own gallery in Northampton following his first London One Man Show in Cork Street in 1983. His gallery then ran successfully for the following nine years. In 1995 John painted a collection of works (The White Collection) for London Contemporary Art, which were exhibited at The Roy Miles Gallery and The Albermarle Gallery, London, and the New York, Los Angeles and Tokyo Expo’s by LCA. One of these “Heaven” was subsequently published by Wyatt Russell.
Also in 1995 John gained national and international acclaim for his reconstruction portrait of Fletcher Christian the Bounty mutineer. This is now the definitive portrait of Christian throughout the world, and is featured in the book “Fragile Paradise” by Glynn Christian.
In 1998 John worked as medical illustrator for Mr Nigel Cobb the eminent Orthopaedic surgeon now retired and produced a series of drawings for an international lecture tour on his ground-breaking surgical technique “Tibialis Posterior Repair”.
In 1999 John completed a collection of work called ” 20th Century Romance” which was exhibited both in Northampton and London and four paintings from this collection were published as Limited edition Prints by Pole Position.
In 2000 John was again commissioned by London Contemporary Art to paint a collection of work subsequently called “Night Hawks” which has been exhibited all over the world by West End Galleries, Florida, and by LCA in both New York and Los Angeles.
John has worked with the Bentley Publishing Group in California, USA, for many years and Open prints are in worldwide distribution through Leslie Levy Publishing and are also available signed from LHG, though stocks are limited. John has also worked with Ecosse Fine Art Publishing and several Limited Edition giclees are available, including Champagne and Vin Rosu from the Bohemians Collection.
John currently only exhibits with a few selected galleries in the UK but his nudes are regularly featured on the Barebrush Calender organised by artist and entrepreneur Ilene Skeen in Manhatten New York. His work can be found in private collections all over the world. John’s last venture “Homage to Gustav Klimt” is now being considered for publishing by Boteler Contemporary Arts, and his very latest work “Hostage to Love” which might spawn a collection is being published soon in Limited Edition by Buckingham Fine Art. Plus he is now painting landscapes for Colomb Arts in Marylebone W1.
John lives with his son Billy Lockett the talented singer -songwriter and front man for the band Acuity (recently re-named “Tangled Wires”) at “Linden House” Abington, Northampton.