Artist Statement

Paintings of Modern Life

John McSweeney makes paintings about modern life. He explores personal, social, political, and historical themes using figurative and non-figurative elements.

He works in various media and combines traditional painting techniques with digital technology. These works include painting (two-dimensional and three-dimensional), drawing, collage, and printmaking.

He studied fine art at Camberwell Art College, and currently lives and works in London.

Painter John McSweeney, Banbury Studios, London - 2019
John McSweeney, Banbury Studios, London – 2019

Selected Exhibitions

2020, ArtCan Open, TRANS|FORM, The Cello Factory, London – postponed until Spring 2021
2017, This England and Other Edens, Martyrs’ Gallery, Lewes (solo)
2015, Capturing the Spectacle: Paintings of Modern Life, Hop Gallery, Lewes (solo)
2014, John Moores Painting Prize 2104, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
1995, Woodlands Art Gallery, London
1994, Angela Flowers Gallery, London (solo)
1991, Wolfson College, Oxford
1991, Bruton Street Gallery, London
1989, Sandra Higgins Gallery, London (solo)
1989, Camden Art Centre, London (solo)
1984, Camberwell Printmakers, Intaglio Printmaker, London
1983, Stowells Trophy, Royal Academy of Arts, London


1984-85, Postgraduate Printmaking, Camberwell College of Art
1980-84, BA Fine Art Painting, Camberwell College of Art, London
1970-73, BSc Aeronautical Engineering, The City University London


2000-05 BSc Software Engineering, Open University
1991-94, BA Fine Art, Camberwell College (The London Institute)

Essays about his work can be found here.