Baptised by Swans the Shadows Washed Away, 2020
Linocut and watercolour on Fabriano paper
17 x 14 cm
Edition of 10
Born in 1986, John Abell studied at Camberwell College of Art; he is currently based in Cardiff. John is particularly known for his large-scale wood block prints and highly coloured watercolour paintings which explore life, love, lust and the human condition. The work is charged with a sense of fear and death, pessimism or even nihilism along with a large pinch of gallows humour. His aim is to represent human feeling, the world and himself as honestly as he can with no intellectual mediation.
John’s prints and publications are held in private and public collections worldwide, including the V&A; the National Museum of Wales; the British Museum, the National Library of Australia, Canberra; the National Library of Canada, Ottowa and Columbia University Library, New York.