John C. Day OAS

About the Artist

Statement

Painting has always been an important part of my life an over the years I have experimented with different approaches to representational art and settled on portraiture and figure painting in oils. I love to see the emergence of the sitter as the paint is applied and delight in the application of impasto oil paint. The continual working on a piece starts to create a surface which becomes interesting in its own right. Small areas of the paint become intriguing abstract paintings but seen further away generate a clear image of the subject matter. My aim now is to make every square inch interesting; to examine and to generate a lively engaging surface as well as a sense of verisimilitude and personal connection with the subject matter.

 

Biography

As the son of the artist Brian C. Day he was introduced to painting at an early age, but he decided against Art School and instead studied Genetics and Forensic Science in London at Queen Mary College and King’s College respectively. After a number of years at the Natural History Museum, he moved to Oxford to complete a Ph.D. in evolutionary genetics.

At Oxford he began studying drawing at the Ruskin School of Art and in 2017 became an elected member of the Oxford Art Society.

John works from his Oxfordshire studio where he undertakes portrait and landscape commissions.

 

Curriculum Vitae

2019
  • OAS Members Exhibition - Oxford Art Society, the Oxfordshire Museum, Woodstock
2018
  • Life on Stage, Exhibition at The Oxford Playhouse, Oxford
  • OAS Members Exhibition - Oxford Art Society, Sewell Centre Gallery, Radley
  • OAS Open Exhibition, St John the Evangelist Cloisters Gallery, Oxford
2017
  • Invited to become member of the Oxford Art Society
  • OAS Open Exhibition, St John the Evangelist Cloisters Gallery, Oxford
2016
  • OAS Open Exhibition, St John the Evangelist Cloisters Gallery, Oxford
2010
  • OAS Open Exhibition, Said Business School, Oxford
2008
  • Alternative Oxford – O3 Gallery, Oxford (16 August 2008 – 14 September 2008)