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About the Artist
John Stoa was born in 1944 in Dundee, where he later commenced his working life in the Dundee Parks Department as a gardener. He also studied crop science at The Scottish Crop Research Institute in Invergowrie, Dundee. After marrying he moved south to Sussex. He gained his National Diploma in Horticulture in 1969 at college in Essex, then moved to Worcester to work as a manager on the Fox Fruit Farm. In 1972 he returned to parks work in Dudley then onto Darlington, and Livingston before returning to Dundee in 2001.
John's interest in art was established in early childhood. He is self taught but constantly experiments, and studies the work of other contemporary artists. His subjects have covered town to country, floral to figurative, snow scenes, summer landscapes, boats and pets. His work shows a range of influences, in the early traditional years from the teachings of McIntosh Patrick, who was his local art hero from childhood.
Looking for further ideas in style and design John loved 'the Glasgow Boys' work, then he developed a love of colour influenced by Robert Hagen in Australia, Ted Goerschner in the United States, and Mike Svob from Canada, all modern contemporary colourists. Another strong influence is the English colourist Ken Howard, who had a masterly way with light as well as colour, and he introduced the figure into the picture. At this time John had been going to evening classes for figure painting at the Edinburgh College of Art and he was beginning to produce reasonable figurative work. Inspiration then flowed from the art of the late Robert Lenkiewicz and Jack Vettriano, both masters of figurative painting. Jack Vettriano showing brilliant skill in colour, composition, use of light, and an ability to create a theatrical cameo of romantic life, though often at the real end of reality. John now tends to paint a reduced range of topics from figures to snow scenes, although commission work again extends the range as does work for prints.
John runs art classes and workshops from his Dundee studio and has been publishing limited edition prints throughout his art career, as well as luxury Christmas cards.
He is a member of the Fine Art Trade Guild and represented on the National Artist Register at Axis in Leeds University.
Collections and Commissions:
2002 - Scottish Parliament - purchase of large
oil painting, 32,000 Christmas cards and 100 limited edition prints
John exhibits in galleries throughout Scotland from Edinburgh, Dundee, Blairgowrie, Braemar, and Glasgow to Forfar. He has also exhibited at Darlington, Lincoln, Hampton Court Flower Show, and the N. E. C. trade show in Birmingham.
2003 - Roseangle Gallery, Dundee - Solo
exhibitions held every year since 1996