John Hunt studied at Birmingham College or Art and Crafts 1960-1964.
National Diploma in Design (Painting special level).
A.T.D. (teaching diploma)
Taught in Warwick, Leamington Spa, Rugby, Solihull and Henley in Arden.
Worked as Free Lance sculptor/model maker in the gift-ware industry.
Midlands Arts Centre Canon Hill Park
Northampton County Council
Leamington (Mid-Warwickshire College)
West Midlands Arts (Touring Exhibition)
Visual Arts Festival of Coventry and Warwickshire
Contact Gallery (Norwich)
150 Gallery (Leamington)
Althorpe Studios Gallery (Leamington)
Leamington Open Exhibition
Rugby Open Exhibition
Fern Gallery (Solihull)
Rugby Museum and Art Gallery
Member of the Association of Midland Artists (participated in many group exhibitions)
I was trained as a painter at the Birmingham College of Art at a time when the traditional Renaissance format still underpinned the teaching methodology at the College. However, the ideas that had brought about changes in nearly all of the art forms at the beginning of the twentieth century were starting to permeate through Britain’s art schools, albeit with some resistance from the more traditionally minded teaching staff.
I saw the first Picasso retrospective at the Tate gallery, became aware of the post war American artists and their aggressive use of
paint and heard on Radio 3 the first reports of the New York exhibitions by artists who were using imagery derived from popular culture.
I became interested in the questions that were being posed by the painters and sculptors of the twentieth century.
Quite early on I found myself drawn to the work of the Surrealist painters and the way in which they ‘’collaged’’ together images to generate strange relationships that change the viewers perception of the ‘’everyday’’.
I worked with screen printing techniques for a number of years and this has tended to influence the appearance of many of my pictures.