Born in 1945 in the heavy industrial mining valley of Maesteg in South Wales,
the son of the local cinema owner, he spent his early years in the busy
atmosphere of the cinema and experienced a heady mixture of life in the raw and
the fantasy world of film.
His first experience with paint started at an early age when he used to help his
grandfather create posters in a little studio at the rear of the cinema and soon
grew to love the use of paint and colour and was able get a real "hands on"
At the age of 7 he was sent to one of the leading Catholic boarding schools in
Great Britain where he was exposed to the images of great religious painting and
soon became infatuated with the process of producing works of art. Later he
moved to the senior College at Bath and soon shone as a leading student of the
arts faculty and was able to gain further inspiration from the extraordinary
atmosphere that existed in that city at the time. After a short period at
Llanelli School of Art he was enrolled in Cardiff College of Art where he won
numerous prizes for his work. His studies took him to Italy where he was able to
engross himself in the wealth of religious painting and to France to visit major
collections. His work is still strongly influenced by this experience.
On returning to his native Wales he continued to paint but life required that he
provide for his growing family so he settled in beautiful and remote West Wales
and carved out a living in the countryside and travelled the world before
settling down. He continued to sketch and paint but was not able to establish a
permanent studio until recently and this has given him further impetus to start
once again producing paintings.
Today he has his Studio is in the heart of the West Wales
countryside. He is not supported by any arts bodies and owes no allegiance to
any particular movement and is totally free to be honest in his approach to his
work. Some may find it hard to understand many of the more abstract images but
he is prepared to explain and discuss this with any genuine purchasers or any
one seriously interested in his work.
John Dooner only produces a limited number of works each year and the demand for
his work is world wide.
While unconventional in his approach to the established art world, he prefers to
plough his own furrow. His work is very wide ranging.
Many of his major paintings are in private collections and are therefore not
available for viewing. We have, however, been able to assemble a few of his
paintings and some of his latest works for your perusal.
If you have a major commission or would like to know more please contact the
artist on firstname.lastname@example.org
John Dooner is always open to new and innovative ideas and is now available for
lecture tours and is able to undertake any work from large architectural
paintings to personal portraits.