Local artist John Lancashire was born in England and emigrated to Sydney as a young boy. Despite his obvious artistic talent, he struggled at art school and it wasn’t until many years later in New Zealand, that Lancashire took up the brush again. Over the past 10 years, he has built a reputation as a serious artist. His distinctive expressionist-style still life paintings emanating a rare warmth and humanity, creating something fresh and startling.

He has twice been a finalist in the Molly Morpeth Painting Award, 2015 and 2019.

 In Lancashire’s words, "I primarily make paintings using oil on canvas. The imagery in my paintings stems from my response to things; ideas that I become slightly obsessed with, it could be a particular colour, a shape, a phrase. I store them somewhere. The mechanical act of painting, or making a mark, brings them out. At the time I believe I know what I'm painting, but I don’t think I ever do. That for me is one of the payoffs of painting."