Born in 1977 in Glasgow, Scotland, John Atherton graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1999. He lives and works in London and Sweden and is currently studying at The Royal College of Art.


By experimenting with a diverse range of materials I hope to compare and develop my two-dimensional and low relief work into free-standing, three-dimensional form.
Recently I have been experimenting with applied surface decoration and ornament. It is a rich source of visual ideas and a possible topic of research for the future.

I am drawn to those ideas in art that cannot be entirely pre-thought-out but can only be developed through direct hands-on involvement with the ‘stuff’ of art: colour, form, materials of all sorts and crafting processes.
I like the idea of developing a repertoire of creative strategies, throwing a spanner in the works and simply trying something quite different, even trying something out of character or outside my own usual patterns of thinking, as a way of provoking new and unexpected creative opportunities. Working in sequence on a small scale or mapping-out a large format work with small components are other strategies I like to use for opening-up new lines of inquiry.

Work in progress John Atherton studio

Meanwhile Back In The Wick Exhibition

Artwork for The Black & White Building (London)

Work in progress John Atherton studio

Work in progress John Atherton studio

Work in progress