Christopher John transforms clear sheets of glass into intricately detailed painted sculptures and panels.
He graduated from Monash University, Melbourne in 1985 after completing a Post Graduate Study in Stained Glass. In the same year his stained glass panel was selected for a touring group exhibition ‘Australian Glass’ in Germany. In 1989 he established his own studio specialising in both commissioned works and restoration work completing more than fifty major commissions.
Over the last 6 years he has entered the arena of studio and exhibition glass, drawing upon 30 years experience of painting, fusing, slumping and kiln forming glass. He was invited to exhibit at SOFA Chicago in 2012 and 2013 and has continued to work on exhibition pieces depicting intricately painted anatomical forms.
His current body of glass stems from 3 months work at the Queensland Museum, drawing and painting from their extensive ornithological collection. Reminiscent of the 19th century natural history field journals the work bridges the disparate worlds of scientific illustration and contemporary art practice.
Inspired by his recent relocation to the rainforests of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, the work teems with environmental, zoological and autobiographical details. His glass painting techniques were honed in the ecclesiastic world of stained glass and now exhibit a freshness of vision and vitality rare in the world of contemporary glass practice.