John McClenaghen

About John

John studied at the Glasgow School of Art (BA Honours in Fine Art), the University of Huddersfield (PGCE), University of Liverpool and the University of Chester (MA Fine Art). He is currently Senior Lecturer in Fine Art in the School of Creative Arts, Glyndŵr University. 

Having always been interested in coastal landscapes and the ways they are transformed by the changing seasons, John’s work explores weather, time and transformation within the landscape and coast. He is interested in relating an experience by drawing parallels between the interplay of light and weather upon his subjects.


Returning to the same locations repeatedly, John begins to establish a rapport with his surroundings. Back in the studio he makes spontaneous gestural works on paper through colour experiments, mark making, and the use of various mediums a process of recollection through creation, allowing the materials to guide his compositions. The layers of decisions in the drawn and painted surfaces recall changes he sees in the natural landscape itself, the reconfiguration of structures, shapes, colours and textures reflecting fluctuating physical forms obscured or revealed by the effects of light and shade.