John Marshall emerged as a professional painter twenty years ago, from a varied career background of croupier, computer programmer and NATO Finance Manager.
In essence, John paints cows; his single subject throughout his career. Yet given the single subject and chosen medium, there is an astonishing variety in the work. His strength of technique and consistently evolving approach ensures that each work is fresh and distinct from its predecessors.
"They are all cows. But, creating a painting is doing something differently each time you paint. If something has worked before it doesn't mean it will work again. It is vital to avoid repeating old solutions or formulas - each painting is set in a specific context and moment in time."
'The works are staged and lit in a way which is reminiscent of Italian Renaissance chiaroscuro. In these paintings, the animals emerge from dark backgrounds by means of theatrical lighting, which resolves their forms to varying degrees. The opposition of illumination and concealment in these works lends them a majestic and mysterious air, and effects a transformation of bovine creatures into mythical beasts '- Vivienne Edkins, Art Historian
His highly sought after work proves enduringly popular - John has had a decade long series of sell-out solo shows in London and Paris. His paintings are in collections throughout the world and his work has been exhibited alongside that of contemporary masters Paula Rego, Terry Frost and Mary Fedden at the Royal College of Art. John has had favourable editorial profiles and reviews from leading national UK papers and has also featured on the BBC & Channel 4.
"I know Brighton, that's where the cow painter comes from" Gwyneth Paltrow
See John's work here.
2011 London. The Fairfax Gallery, Chelsea
2010 London. The Curwen Gallery, Fitzrovia
2009 London. The Fairfax Gallery, Chelsea
2008 London. The Fairfax Gallery, Chelsea
2007 London. The Fairfax Gallery, Chelsea
2006 London. The Fairfax Gallery, Chelsea
2005 Norfolk. The Fairfax Gallery, Burnham Market
2004 London. Gallery 27, Mayfair
2003 London. The Air Gallery, Mayfair
2002 Paris. Gallerie D'ete, 16th arrondmt
2002-3 London, Smiths of Smithfields
2001 London, The Gallery in Cork Street. Mayfair
2001 London, Gallery One
2000 London, Ingo Fincke Gallery