Born in 1959 to an army family, John Harland spent a great deal of his youth abroad, spending a considerable amount time in Singapore and Germany. John graduated from University of Bath with a degree in Architecture, yet was constantly painting. He spent time working for a framer, where he learned many of the techniques that he uses today in his hand-carved “tramp” frames. The Royal Academy Magazine labelled John a “painter’s painter”, with his naïve graffiti-like works exhibiting a unique maturity and understanding of colour and form that are anything but child-like.
John has operated out of studios in Scotland and Cornwall, and currently works out of Bath. His works have been featured in many collections, including an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, Oxford. He has been featured in many mixed exhibitions at Edgar Modern, as well as in many international art fairs. His paintings are held in collections worldwide, including America and Europe.