JOHN STARK
I am interested in the construction of things, film, literature, painting…

For example; during the filming of Rosemary’s Baby Mia Farrow had a nervous
breakdown. She then turned up on set one day with her hair cut short and the
directors had to somehow incorporate this into the film only adding to its
surprising narrative.

Recent paintings are made to order from an imaginary patron, Mr Karts.

Graduated from Royal Academy Schools 2004, Artist in Residence at
Loughborough University 2004/05. Recent shows include ‘New Figurative
Realism’ (Clapham art gallery), ‘Au Savage’ (Lucy Macintosh, Switzerland).

Education

2001 – 2004        Royal Academy Schools, London.
            MA Fine Art - 3yrs

1998 – 2001        University of West England, Bower Ashton, Bristol.
            BA (Hons) Fine Art – 1st class Honours.

1997 – 1998        Cambridge Regional College, Cambridge.
            Foundation Diploma.

Solo Shows

2005        ‘Monster Island’ LUSAD Gallery, Loughborough

2002        C.B Hilliard & Parker, Mayfair, London.

Selected Group Shows

2007        ‘Les Fluers Du Mal’ As Curator/Gallery Primo Alonso, London

2007        ‘Scope’ New York

2007        ‘New London Kicks’ Soho, New York.

2006        Scope, Miami

2006        ‘Kamminzimer’ Grieder Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland.
(Anj Smith, Ross Chisolm, Jan Kotik, Van Helmond….)

2006        ‘Scope’ London

2006        ‘Preview Berlin’ Berlin

2006        ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Fieldgate Gallery, London

2006        ‘Royal Academy Summer show’ London

2006        ‘New Figurative Realism’ Clapham Art Gallery, London.
(Farmer, Vine, McGowan, Nolan, Parr…)

2006        Nova Art Fair. W / Clapham Art Gallery, Chicago. USA

2006        ‘EAU SAUVAGE!’ Curated by Juan Bolivar,
Lucy Macintosh Gallery, Lausanne, Switzerland.

2006         ‘Altered Beast’ Three Colts Gallery, London.
(Group Show as Curator)
Supported by The Arts Council England.

2005        ‘First Scottish Art Show’. The Royal Scottish Corporation.
City Inn Hotel, Millbank, London.

2005        ‘Last Chance Cafe’ at ‘The Residence’, Bethnal Green, London.

2005        ‘Royal Academy Summer Show’ Royal Academy, London.

2005        ‘The Analogue Surface’- (Painting in the digital age), Studio G1,
Tea building, Shoreditch, London. (Bolivar, Oritz, Berger, Fields.)

2004        ‘Lexmark European Art prize’, The Air Gallery, London.

2004        ‘The Ragged School’ The Ragged School Gallery, union street London

2003        Roland Berger Strategy Consultants Ltd, London.

2003        S.J Berwin, Kings cross, London.

2003        ‘Royal Academy Summer show’ Royal Academy, London.

2003        ‘Red Mansion Spero Art Prize’ (shortlisted), London.

2001        ‘Eidetic’ Britart Gallery, Commercial Street. London

Awards

2006         Arts Council Exhibition Award for ‘Altered Beast’

2004 – 2005        ‘Royal Academy Schools’ / ‘Loughborough University School of Art and Design’
Artists Residency & Teaching Fellowship.  

2005        Arts Council Exhibition Participation Award.

2004        Royal Academy Schools Rome travel Bursary.

2003        Premiums Award - The Victoria Levin Fund
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