John Lightfoot

Painting for me is a visceral reaction to the constraints imposed by the commercial, digital world as a designer and illustrator. I want to immerse myself in colour, texture and form, feeling the paint mixing and coming to life. In this way I hope to apply some of myself to this canvas. This work contains all of what I paint for, including interesting characters full of life and their interactions. Bold colours, jewel-toned hues and dramatic light quality using techniques of back-painting, under-painting and complex layering of colour. I am not so concerned with the details of a particular image but, instead, the overall expression and emotions. Free to explore all subject matter in their many and varied forms, I find all of them fascinating and inspiring, and I hope to bring a unique, new perspective to each.

currently available work