John Grice’s work is inspired by a love of nature, forged during long walks over the South Downs near his former home in Brighton, where encounters with wild flowers, wooded valleys and native birds formed lasting impressions. John lives and works in Bristol and frequently visits Cornwall – the contrasting urban and rural landscapes continue to provide a rich source of imagery for his work.
The marrying of the traditional subjects of landscape and still life is a recurrent theme, highlighting our relationship with wildlife and the environment. John cleverly subverts the traditional notion of still life painting – the accutely observed flowers and birds juxtaposed in many of his works are instantly alluring, however on closer inspection, narratives emerge of darker subjects such as political corruption or environmental degradation, themes which are particularly resonant today. This simultaneous sense of attraction and repulsion forms the conceptual basis for much of his work.