I like my paintings and drawings to be as accessible to as wide an age range as possible. I don’t see why a painting can’t appeal to the art aficionado as well as the uninitiated, the young as well as the old. This may have something to do with my time working in art education.

My art tries to deal with a number of paradoxes; how to produce images that can be both playful and serious, abstract and figurative, complex yet simple.  

To this end you will find that my images often have a graphic immediacy, rich colours and strong geometric or decorative elements. In recent years anthropomorphic elements have crept into my work, especially in the monkey and owl series – where each bird or animal takes on human characteristics; with some looking angry or melancholic while others look joyful or mischievous.
If you are interested in any of the work shown here or would like to commission similar pieces please feel free to contact me.
                                                                                   JOHN RATTIGAN