Category Archives: oil

‘Unity Muse’ – 06/10/2018 – 14/10/2018

Unity Muse Poster by Callum Abbott
Unity Muse Poster by Callum Abbott

I will be taking part in a group show called ‘Unity Muse’ at the Community Museum in Letchworth Garden City in October. I am putting together a small video installation for the show. I will be adding work in progress shots to my Instagram account, please do take a look:

The exhibition has been devised by members of ‘Meet|Critique’, a group of practicing artists that meet once a month at the Broadway Gallery in Letchworth and will feature a range of media including photography, video, sculpture and painting.

The exhibition will feature work by Callum Abbott, Kasia Burke, Liz Harrington, Louise Lahive, Adrian Marden, Rhiannon Moxham, Sean Pearce, Max Plathan, Katherine Roberts, Venice Shone, Chantelle Stevenson, John Vincent and Sian Wilson.


Address: Community Museum, 12-14 The Arcade, Letchworth SG6 3ES

Dates: Sat 6th Oct to Sun 14th October 10.00am-4.30pm. (Closed: Monday 8th Oct.)

A Quality Of Memory

'Keep Left - Footway Closed', Oil on Canvas, 60x51cm, 2018
‘Keep Left – Footway Closed’, Oil on Canvas, 60x51cm, 2018

The Pop-Up exhibition at The Cloisters opens on Sunday 24th at 2pm until 7pm. I am very excited to be exhibiting paintings alongside a variety of other artists’ work, which includes video, music and performance. In this post, I will briefly discuss some of the ideas behind my paintings at the exhibition.

The paintings I will be showing are night time street scenes rendered in oil. The concepts behind this series are still very much under development, but one aspect I have been pursuing is the ‘snapshot’ which is emphasised by the quick handling of paint, that momentarily fixes on a detail – a quality of memory.

On the subject of memory, the content of the paintings makes reference to places that are both familiar (to me) and have changed only subtly over the years as if the past still haunts the present. The use of personal, geographically specific memories dating from early childhood in the late 1970s onward informs some of the location decisions of the paintings. Similarly to previous work, the images are a more focused exploration of the country I have grown up in. I have made use of my home town of Letchworth as a backdrop and starting point – this prototype Garden City has been used as an influential design for many parts of the country. The new series explores the nocturnal streets investigating some of the physical qualities such as the transition from monochromatic Sodium light to LED artificial moon lit streets to extracting and referencing the atmosphere, fears and ironies of this post-industrial, post-empire, post-modern England.

'Path', Oil on Canvas, 119x82cm, 2017
‘Path’, Oil on Canvas, 119x82cm, 2017

Further Reading

Further references and ideas behind the above painting, ‘Path’ , are in a previous post. I have since modified and renamed the painting as the series has developed but most of the information is still relevant. Here is the link:

Other paintings on show are in a recent post.

Further details can be found at the Pop Up Exhibition Facebook page.

New Group Show At The Cloisters June 24th

Cloisters Pop Up Poster (Design by Callum Abbott), June 24th 2018
Cloisters Pop Up Poster (Design by Callum Abbott), June 24th 2018


For the second year running, I will taking part in a group Pop Up Art Exhibition at The Cloisters in Letchworth Garden City.

'England, Evidently', Oil on canvas, 30x25cm, 2018
‘England, Evidently’, Oil on canvas, 30x25cm, 2018

Last year I showed video work relating to the previous ‘Alternative Letchworth’ exhibition, this year I will be showing my most recent series of paintings –   night time images  of the  Garden City and surrounds – alongside other artists work which will include painting, sculpture, performance and video work.

'A Land Of Many Opportunities', Oil on canvas, 60x51cm, 2017
‘A Land Of Many Opportunities’, Oil on canvas, 60x51cm, 2017

The pop up will also see the return of the electronic band ‘Darkroom’ (

'Border', Oil on canvas, 60x51cm, 2017
‘Border’, Oil on canvas, 60x51cm, 2017

The Cloisters is a visually impressive building (inside and out) with a fascinating history.  It is located on Barrington Rd in Letchworth, a short walk from the town centre.

'Parked Van Under Orange And White', Oil on canvas, 30x25cm, 2017
‘Parked Van Under Orange And White’, Oil on canvas, 30x25cm, 2017


I am finishing off two other works in preparation for the show at my new studio in Letchworth. ‘Eastcheap Studios’ opened earlier last month and is a creative base for a group of locally situated contemporary artists producing some very exciting new works.


Letchworth can be reached from  Cambridge or London (via either Kings Cross or St Pancras) by train, or off Junction 9 on the A1(M) by car.

The Cloisters, Barrington Rd, Letchworth Garden City, SG6 3TH


See the above poster (designed by Callum Abbot) for further details.

Greetings Season

Yes. It is that time of the year, so here is where I am at…

‘These Streets Have Teeth’, Oil on Canvas, 119x85cm, 2017
New Painting

Despite other commitments and developing work  in digital media, I have maintained my oil painting practice and have completed my first in a new series of paintings.

The above painting is drawn from the town in which I live. ‘The Streets Have Teeth’  painting is based upon  a part of the town I am familiar with. The  murals on the wall appear to be aimed at children but, by sharp contrast, are the pyramid structures on the ground in front of the murals along this passage way. At first glance I thought that the purpose of these were anti-homeless, but on further reflection, I suspect they are there to prevent the gathering of adolescent children.  They appear to be an instance of ‘defensive urban architecture’ mentioned in this Guardian article from 2014.  I could be wrong.

In essence, this series of paintings are snapshots of   Britain at a moment of change symbolised in the work by a quieter battle on the streets between sodium light and bright white night lighting – old ideas and new merge garishly. The themes in the paintings complement the short films that I have finished and currently working on.

‘Parked Van Under Orange And White’, Oil on canvas, 30x25cm, 2017
New Film
‘Panic Attack’, HD Video, 8mins 48secs, 2017

I have a new film ready and I am currently looking for places to screen it. A dark, noirish film set in a surreal world where a woman seeks escape from her life as it spirals out of control.

‘Panic Attack’ (co-written by and featuring Myriam Mégharbi) is a short film inspired by another film from 1955 called ‘Dementia’ (AKA ‘Daughter of Horror’). ‘Dementia’ can be viewed here:

Further details (images) can  be found by clicking on the film images in this post. I will  have a more detailed post about this film when I finally secure a screening for  it.

‘Panic Attack’, HD Video, 8mins 48secs, 2017

If you would like to preview the film for a screening event, please do get in contact.

‘Road Closure’, Panasonic DSLR, Affinity Photo, 2017

If you are on Instagram, so am I. I have been using it over the last few months as a test bed for a variety of ideas/research  with drawing sketches, video sketches, work in progress and photography. Do not expect consistency, rather this is a spew of  images and thoughts, what I am working on at the time or just a playful interaction with this digital platform.  GO HERE: @johnvincentart

‘Here’s To The…’, Panasonic DSLR, Affinity Photo, 2017

The Instagram posts are also shared to my Facebook, Tumblr and Twitter accounts should these be preferable.

And 2018?

Expect more painting in the series, a new UHD video to compliment ‘Panic Attack’ and further photographic experiments.

Most images are available as prints or as originals, so should you wish to invest in some of my artworks or indeed commission new works, please do get in contact.

New Painting And Some Notes To Go With It

‘A Border At The Very Edge’, Oil on canvas, 60x51cm, 2017

I have been posting (via my Instagram account) the development of some new paintings. I am creating a new series of works, returning to photography as the primary source with a couple of changes to my previous process and some new ideas behind the content of the works.

The first change is in how I make use of drawing. Over the past year and a half whilst establishing my Illustration, Design and Photo practice, I have been focussing on my drawing skills.  I have subsequently chosen to deploy the enhancements gained here in to the process of creating new painted works. Previously, I have used drawing in a more mechanical fashion to transfer the photographic image to the canvas via OHP projection or a grid – using it as scaffolding.

Now, drawing is playing a greater role in the process and acts as an interception between photo and painting, by working from eye to interpret the photo allowing all kinds of interesting distortions to creep in. By referring to the photo during the painting process, I keep the feel of the photograph but the overall painting is, for the most part, destined by the initial drawing and layout and new information is painted in. The end result is a more interesting and atmospheric interpretation of the source photograph. I would liken this to the writing and re-writing of memory, seeing what you want to see, remembering what you want to remember.

‘The Many Opportunities’, Oil on canvas, 60x51cm, 2017

This brings me to the the second change which was inspired by involvement in the Alternative Letchworth exhibition late last year.  Part of the thinking behind my short film ‘The Last Of Letchworth’ was to incorporate my personal relationship to the local geography. This new set of paintings will be informed by this relationship taken from either a historical perspective or from the present with notions of  travelling through time (via memory).

This series is still in under development…I will be updating my Instagram account as the new paintings come together.



Illustration, Design & Photo Portfolio

john vincent | online portfolio homepage complete with HTML5 video background (desktop version)

I have recently split my online portfolio in to two parts as well as setting up an alternative blog and Facebook page to promote my Illustration & Graphics, Digital Painting, Commercial Photography/Retouching and Web Design. To follow the development of these, you may wish to like/follow to the Facebook page or sign up to the emailing list on the new blog via the links above.  To view my new Illustration, Design and Photo website pages, follow this link:

The blog you are currently reading and associated mailing list will now concentrate on my (Fine) Art based activities – Painting, Video and Photography alongside my refurbished website fine art portfolio:

Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder 2015

"Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder", Oil on canvas, 60x60cm, 2013-15
“Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder”, Oil on canvas, 60x60cm, 2013-15

I will be showing some paintings alongside a selection of other works by various Digswell Arts artists at the Digswell Arts Christmas Sale on Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December at the Fenners Building in Letchworth Garden City.

Hopefully the above painting will make the list. Completed today, this is a reworked oil painting (originally from 2013) “Tiny Drops, Distant Thunder”. It is an altogether darker, more atmospheric version of a painting that depicts a woman looking out at a storm that approaches from across the sea.

Here are a couple of links with further information regarding the weekend sale….

Digswell Arts Website



A Spooky Thanks


Thank you to all who attended the ‘Spooky’ exhibition Private View and those who visited over the weekend –  it was a good to see you and turned out to be a great success. For those who missed it, I have put together a short video tour of the exhibition with a new, spookier ending.

Here is the link to the Vimeo version:

Here is the link to the YouTube version:

The other success was the Family Arts Festival (Formerly Fire And Fright Festival) painting workshop with many participants helping in the creation of ‘The Firebird Steals a Golden Apple’ painting – which also took place over the weekend.


‘Spooky’ Video Promo No.3

Halloween approaches, and here is the third and final promotional video for my exhibition ‘Spooky’ , offering a glimpse of what is turning in to a very dark show.

The show opens 30th October – 1st November 2015, 10am-4pm.

Fenners Project Space, Open Shaw Way, Letchworth Garden City.

Previous videos:

No. 2

No. 1

‘Spooky’ Video Promo No.2

‘Spooky’ Video Promo #2 from John Vincent on Vimeo.

Here is the second promotional video for my upcoming solo show ‘Spooky’.  It is a (very) short clip from a film that I intend to show at the exhibition (30th Oct – 1st Nov).

The previous promotional video can be found here:

Please also visit my Facebook page for details of the event.