Artist Interview with John Parkin

John Parkin took some time to answer a few questions and give us a little insight into his world. We love his work and we’re sure you will too. This is the first of a new fortnightly feature on Art Pistol artists, and we’d like to thank John for taking the first step… one small step for John one giant leap for Art Pistol… you get the picture… ok that’s enough from us!

Bio: John resides in Northumberland where it is on average winter 14 months of the year. It is through these bitterly cold, long, dark, snow driven winters John paints his dreams – his aspirations of what could have been, and just maybe what still could be… The paintings are a mixture of scientific human endeavor; factual and fictional, challenging nature, exploration, and the pioneering spirit and heroism of man. He draws inspiration from boyhood dreams and fantasies.

Art Pistol (AP): What’s the first thing you can remember painting?
 I guess it would be tractors, I was obsessed with them when I was a youngster – many many years ago. Oh, and superman.

AP: When did you first realise you were an artist?
John: I’m not sure I am? I consider myself a painter, being called an artist is something I have always struggled with. Although if enough people call you a duck!!!

AP: How would you describe your art to someone that has never seen it before?
John: Sticky, science, space, motorbike paintings with dots and lots of colour.


the mouth of creation | astronaut painting     superman II     hydrogen | dancer painting     cluster man | fighter pilot painting     John Parkin on Art Pistol


AP: Is your work on any famous person’s wall?
John: A few, but I must decline to tell you who, or where!?!

AP: If you had the opportunity to change something in the art industry what would it be?
John: I am a strong believer in art for art’s sake, whatever the context as long as it is “art”.  I must say I despise a quite lot of public art, most of which is a vile waste of resources. For example the £1.6 million blue carpet outside the Laing art gallery in Newcastle Upon Tyne is about as creative as a chimp smearing shit on a wall, and it isn’t even blue.

AP: Do you have any other interests or talents that you’d like to share?
John: Although I haven’t had the chance to get out for sometime (newborn son), I love climbing – it is my meditation.

AP: Describe yourself in 3 words, one has to be a colour?
John: Brown, tight, yorkshire-man

AP: Tell us your perfect scenario for painting.
John: In my studio with 6 music on the wireless, and a never ending mug of coffee.

AP: If you weren’t an artist you’d be..?
John: I would have been either a shepherd, or a mountaineer.

AP: Do you have any advice for artists just starting out?
John: My old friend and tutor always told me… “hard work and commitment”, “stone the crows”, “meat and potatoes”.

AP: And finally, what are you working on just now?
John: I am currently working on a series of falling astronauts, motorbikes and two gorilla paintings.


To see John’s work on Art Pistol click here.