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John Charles BeckettBiography: After a couple of years at Art College studying graphics, having dropped out in 1970 and consequently gaining no qualifications, the next 22 years saw a variety of occupations engaged in such as, Gardener/Handyman, Tyre Fitter, Milkman, Farm Labourer, Postman and Plant Hire operative. Then in 1992, an opportunity came along by my being introduced to a local community arts organisation in Gillingham Kent (England) and for a short time this led to making a comeback to art. Through the kind help of my contacts gained with the Organisation, a number of small exhibitions, in which some work sold, were held locally. Whilst with the Community Arts group I got to know Artist Philip Absolon, then a team member and who is currently a prominent member of the radical "Stuckist Art" Movement. Although not agreeing with some of their philosophy (no disrespect intended), Philip's Naive Art style is interesting and to me has merit conveying a definite message. You can find his details on Wikipedia. In conjunction with a passion for art, music is also a great love. Guitar and Mandolin Playing were being put to good use which enabled a two year period of "Floor Spot" playing at my local Folk Club. In many ways this was catching up with "Lost Time" As Confucius says though "All good things must come to an end" and the contract with the Community Arts organisation ended, most contact with art was lost again leading to the same procedure repeating itself, taking on any job that I could do that came along. Such occupations worked at were at a Call Centre, at a Car Dealership as a Warranty Clerk, The Tax Office, Rigging Company, a Furniture Retail Company and a financial products Company until the day came when the proverbial "Sorry John the Company has run out of money, you've got to go." At that point it seemed sensible to try and work for myself, and, with persistence was able to build a client base of gardening customers and guitar tuition pupils. Now four and a half years later I am happily working as a freelance mobile guitar teacher and gardener and have been able to sell four paintings this year (not for a fantastic amount I hasten to add) It is a pleasure to paint from imagination but sometimes I need the added stimulus of reference material; Landscapes and Psychedelics are favourite subjects because if you make a mistake when painting or drawing one, you just turn it into a part of the picture. Artist Bob Ross said, "We don't make mistakes here... to see complete biography, click on artist's name Country: UK Birthyear: 24th May 1952 Galleries: 1992: Untitled Exhibition. Lordwood Jnr. School Chatham England (Local Press coverage) Fantasy and the Real. Lordswood Library Chatham England (Running commentary by Radio Kent) Continuation of the Exhibition at the Medway Arts Centre Chatham England (Brook Theatre) Benefit Concert Spiral Arts Gillingham Kent England 1993: Creative Collaboration 1 Tonbridge Library Tonbridges Kent Engand Creative Collaboration 2 Lullingstone Park Visitors Centre Eynsford Kent England 1994: Creative Collaboration 3 Lullingstone Park Visitors Centre 1997: Living in the Past 1: (Can't remember if it was at the Brooke or another venue) 2000: Shared Exhibition space with other Kent Artists at Rainham Bookshop Gallery Kent England 2000: Living in the Past 2: The Brooke Theatre 2003: Mystery over the Downs: Lullingstone Park Visitors Centre 2005: Shared Exhibition Space at Earles Colne Colchester Essex England 2006: Shared Exhibition Space at Earles Colne Colchester Essex 2011: Untitled Exhibition @ the Stirling Insurance Group Kings Hill West Malling Kent England Untitled Exhibition @ The WVRS Chatham High Street. 2012: Untitled Exhibition @ The Brooke Theatre Chatham England Works currently on exhibition on the following internet Galleries DevaintArt (under the pseudonym "hondacd175") Psychedelic Artists Kent Arts Group Premier Galleries Alltradeart Artbreak. Three paintings at a private collection in Turin Italy. Awards: Community Grant SEEBOARD energy to help with cost of exhibition at the Brooke Theatre in 2000 Business Start up grant Medway Council to help get back on my feet after a few disasters of the Bad winter of 2010/11 Media: mixed media Style: fantasy Subjects: other, Medieval
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