Primary Artform: Drawing.
Fascinated by the stories and characters found in history, John Lake takes these ideas and adapts them into his own style, creating intricate drawings to tell the tales of the past and bring them to life. While the work appears to be copied from the pages of the history books, these highly complex images are all created in John’s mind. With pen, acrylic, and pencils, the theatre of war, iconic figures, myths and legends gradually takes shape on paper.
John’s striking colour palettes and compositional arrangements are entrancing to the eye. His latest work is characterised by a selective use of tone, which amplifies the dramatic nature of each historical moment in time.
John is currently producing a new body of work based on the UK’s Viking heritage alongside professional artists, on a Heritage Lottery-funded Prism Arts project. As part of this and other projects, he also co-leads visual arts workshops around the county through his ongoing apprenticeship with Prism Arts. Passing on skills to other young people and children is an important part of John’s practice.
John has been working with Prism Arts and Distington Community School on a Heritage Lottery Funded project to explore the Viking heritage of West Cumbria. This included a fact finding trip to the Isle of Man.
Heritage Lottery have produced a Case Study on Johns work, see more information here:
Heritage Lottery Fund Case Study – #ChangingLives John Lake
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