Approved: 16.08.2006

John Vincent

Artist, Film-maker

Approved: 16.08.2006

John Vincent is an award winning artist painter and film maker based in Letchworth Garden City.

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    John Vincent is an award winning artist painter and film maker based in Letchworth Garden City.

    A landscape painting on the living room wall of his grandparents' house first inspired his interest in what lay beneath the pictorial surface and how art had the power to generate ideas beyond what you were actually seeing. The image was a reproduction of a simple landscape with a country road running through the middle of fields in the centre of the painting. The road turned off abruptly and exited to the right side of the canvas. On each view it generated what can only be described as a repetition of thought, a desire to know what lay beyond the edges. This image planted a seed for future creations of mystery and intrigue. Where will the road end up?

    Influences later in life came from work created by artists and film makers such as David Lynch, Andy Warhol, Edward Hopper and Gerhard Richter and can be seen in his work, as well as influences from earlier artists such as the pre-Raphaelite brotherhood, Pieter Bruegel and Hieronymus Bosch. Much of the source material and locations are from his time spent living in London and from his home town of Letchworth Garden City.

    The subject matter of Vincent’s work is also informed by notions of a domestic surrealism and a contemporary suburban Gothic with a touch of science fiction. These ideas have led to the exploration of eerie and atmospheric interpretations of everyday life through the lens of an oblique composition. This compositional technique requires the ability to use lighting to set up the mood with missing or hidden elements within the scene, conveying a sense of mystery. The impression that a significant event has already occurred (or is about to) is ever present. This often involves the concealment of the identities of characters within the frame or by the interaction of characters with the inanimate objects that surround them, as well as the encroachment of both nature and technology, often leading to the absence of characters entirely.

    Vincent uses a range of media including oil paint, digital (pixels and vector) and video underpinned by a strong photographic component. In his work there is a blending together of drawing, photographic and video fragments as source material that are then channelled through the actions of painting, digital painting or video editing. The end results form short narratives through a series of inter-related paintings and video work.

    Vincent has exhibited widely including 2007 ‘Cuts’ exhibition in Switzerland as well as numerous solo and group shows in London and England. He is also a previous prize winner at the Apthorp Prize (2001) and Creekside Open (2011).

    CV & Education


    2002 - 2004 - MA Fine Art - University of East London
    1996 - 1999 - BA (hons) Fine Art - Middlesex University


    2012-16  Digswell Arts Fellowship, Letchworth Garden City
    2011  Creekside Open Prize Winner, APT Gallery, London
    2001 Apthorp Prize 2001 Award Winner, London


    2015  'SPOOKY’, Digswell Arts, Fenners, Letchworth Garden City
    2013  ‘A No Place Vacation’, Westminster Reference Library, London
    2011  'Oblivion', Westminster Reference Library, London
    2009  'With No Hope Of Heaven', The Firestation Arts Centre, Windsor
    2007  'Cuts', Fondazione Patrizio Patelli, Locarno, Switzerland
    2006  'A Glass Darkening', (PHOTOGRAPHY), Phoenix Arts, Leicester City Gallery
    2006  'O Have You Seen The Devle', The Residence Gallery, London
    2005  'Swarm Presents.....', Publicis, Baker St, London
    1999  'Artificial Mars', Redgate Gallery, London


    2017  'Alternative Letchworth', The Cloisters, Letchworth Garden City
    2016  'Alternative Letchworth Past & Present', Broadway Gallery/Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation
    2014  'Vision Of Utopia' Public Programme,'Letchworth: A Dystopian Vision', Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation/Digswell Arts Trust
    2014  'The Longest Day', Digswell Arts, Fenners Project Space, Letchworth Garden City
    2013  ‘sogno o son desto ?’, Casa Cavalier Pellanda, Biasca, Switzerland
    2013  'Timeline', Digswell Arts/Arts Council England, Fenners Project Space, Letchworth Garden City
    2012  Fenners Fellows Autumn Show & Open Studio, Letchworth Garden City
    2012  Cambridge Artworks Open 2012’, Artspace, Cambridge
    2011'  settesale per setteartisti', Casa Cavalier Pellanda Biasca, Switzerland
    2011  Creekside Open 2011 (Selected by Dexter Dalwood), APT Gallery, London
    2011  Last Friday Shorts, Artist Talk with Q & A, TAP/Old Water Works, Southend
    2010  Last Friday Shorts, TAP/Old Water Works, Southend
    2009  'Gaze & Body' Screening, ROTORELIEFS, Vibe Bar, Brick Lane, London
    2009  PROJECTS Screening, Another Roadside Attraction, The Griffin, London
    2009  Shorts, Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich
    2007  'La Collezione', Fondazione Patrizio Patelli, Locarno, Switzerland
    2006  'Future First History Last', The Residence Gallery,   Hackney, London
    2005  'Painting Film: A Multimedia Group Show', Swarm at Lounge Gallery, London
    2005  'Dream Room Creation 05', Magdeburg, Germany
    2005  'The Housewarming', The Residence Gallery, Hackney, London
    2005  'City Intrigue', Signatures Gallery, Duke Street St James, London
    2004  MA Fine Art Degree Show, University Of East London, Docklands, London
    2004  9th Penguin/DK Annual Art Exhibition, 80 Strand, London
    2003  '4X4', Screening of 'Soup', 291 Gallery, London
    2002  Arts Lab - Screening of 'On Tape" & "Black Water', The Rhythm Factory, Whitechapel High St, London
    2002  Shortwave Films, Catch 22- Screening of 'Black Water', Kingsland High St, London
    2001  Highgate Film Festival - Screening of 'Black Water', Jacksons Lane Theatre, Highgate, London
    2001  Apthorp Prize Touring Exhibition, Mar 2001 - July 2001
    2000  '2nd October Open', The Place, Letchworth Arts Centre, Hertfordshire, UK
    2000  'Inside Outside', The Place, Letchworth Arts Centre, Hertfordshire, UK