John Gardner is a renown Leeds watercolour artist
Born in London and studied for his ‘O’ level and ‘A’ level in Birmingham and Bradford before qualifying from the Faculty of Architecture at Sheffield University.
As architectural design gradually became more and more computerised and he renewed his interest in painting. John attended evening Watercolour painting classes at (Jacob Kramer) Leeds College of Art and was chosen for Channel 4’s Watercolour Challenge art program with inspirational expert artist Mike Chaplin.
John was inspired by many artists, but more specifically the artist G. John Blockley with a new approach to the colour theory developed by an American watercolour painter Stephen Quiller.
His background in architecture led to many of paintings incorporating buildings and involving perspectives.