John Kingerlee

Abstract Oil on paper by 33x22cm by John Kingerlee. Signed and dated ’90



Born in Birmingham in 1936, John Kingerlee is a self-taught artist who moved to the Beara Peninsula to live and paint. He uses a collage painting technique, starting a painting by creating one element of it and adding to it over a period of time as he collects several harmonising ideas, images, objects and colours. His finished creations can take years to complete and months to dry out as he applies 50 to 100 layers of paint to each one.
He had his first solo exhibition at the Ewan Phillips Gallery in London (1967) and his works have been shown across England, Ireland and the US. In 2010 a book on the artist was published titled, The Whole Planet is a Garden, The Genius of John Kingerlee, written by Edmund P. Pillsbury, PH. D. with contributing essays.