FINE ART Adrian John
Born and bred in the Afan Valley, Port Talbot but now resident close by the Haven Waterway in Pembrokeshire his work depicts representational street scenes and the industrial landscape much of it on large canvases which seem appropriate for the subject matter and which range from valleys street scenes, his old school, the local refinery and Haven Waterway to a large-scale pencil drawing of Snowdonia.
His meticulous finished work goes through many stages starting with the use of grid lines to map out the perspective and proportion of the piece, followed by several acrylic washes to block out the colour and create undertones after which he applies several coats of water mixed with paint which he believes help control the balance of the composition prior to the final coat of oil paint.
Initially Adrian studied for a BA in Painting and Drawing at Swansea Metropolitan. however, as he explains, “My direction was lost and quickly precipitated regret, frustration, and a whole host of ‘what ifs’, and apart from the odd commission over the years it further ignited a sense of loss and a wonder of who and what I was supposed to be doing.”