Dilnot, John

Bio

John has loved making art and experimenting with different media since early childhood. His curiosity led him to teach himself to screen print and make letterpress prints in the garage at home and he used the larder to develop and print photographs.

With enjoying different processes this Do-It–Yourself approach continues to the present day. The range and depth of his printmaking methods are explored and discussed in Linda Newington’s essay for the Blue Notebook, ‘From Potato to Digital’.

Despite John’s interest in printmaking, his work is led by ideas rather than process, in particular the human relationship with nature.
A childhood spent playing and rooting about in his grandparent’s large Kent garden left a lasting impression and remains the source of many ideas and work, such as the box ‘Bad Apples’ and the books ‘Weeds and Pests’ and ‘With the Worms’.

Dilnot studied graphic Design at Canterbury College of Art, followed by Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in the early 1980’s. John focused on screen printing, exploring sequential imagery, which led to his first artists’ books.
He also made boxes at this time, which featured in his degree show installation. John’s box works have since become very collectable.

John has shown in many mixed and survey shows including the V&A Museum, Tate Gallery, RA Summer Exhibition, Cornerhouse Manchester, Bluecoat Liverpool and The National Trust. Solo shows include ‘Natural History’ at Rebecca Hossack Gallery, ‘In the Country’ with Southern Arts Touring and ‘Rural Views’ at Aytoun Gallery Manchester.

John has sold his work through many outlets in this country and abroad. Outlets include, V&A Museum shop, MOCA Los Angeles, Designers Guild London, Material Ludlow and London, The Otherist Amsterdam, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Frank Whitstable, ICA London, Liberty London and Unlimited Brighton.

He has work in many private and public collections. Public collections include, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library, British Library, Museum of Modern Art New York, Yale Center for British Art, Cedarhurst Center for the Arts, Royal College of Art Library, Winchester School of Art, University of Brighton and Hampshire County Council.

Awards

  • 2009 Brighton Festival Award - Selector's Choice Overall Winner, A Home for Max Ernst
  • 2001 South East Arts Board, Production Award

Exhibitions

  • 2010 Natural History, Rebecca Hossack Gallery
  • 1998 Country Fresh, Buckinghamshire County Museum Aylesbury
  • 1996 In the Country, Southern Arts Touring Show
  • 1995 Rural Views, Aytoun Gallery Manchester

Education

  • 1979 Graphic Design, Canterbury College of Art and Design
  • 1984 Fine Art, Camberwell School of Art and Crafts
  • 1985 Post Graduate Printmaking, Camberwell School of Art and Crafts

Links

Bad Apples, 2005, (digital print)
Bad Apples, 2005, (digital print)

AFQ2909776: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Beetles, 2007, (screen print)
Beetles, 2007, (screen print)

AFQ2909777: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Beetles-random, 2008, (screen print)
Beetles-random, 2008, (screen print)

AFQ2909778: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Birds, 2006, (screen print)
Birds, 2006, (screen print)

AFQ2909779: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Bird Houses, 2009, (screen print)
Bird Houses, 2009, (screen print)

AFQ2909780: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Caterpillars, 2009, (screen print)
Caterpillars, 2009, (screen print)

AFQ2959450: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Garden Pests, 2007 (screen print)
Garden Pests, 2007 (screen print)

AFQ2959451: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Little Brown Birds, 2006, (screen print)
Little Brown Birds, 2006, (screen print)

AFQ2959452: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Pond Life, 2015, (screen print)
Pond Life, 2015, (screen print)

AFQ2959453: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Moths, 2009, (screen print)
Moths, 2009, (screen print)

AFQ2959454: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Bees, 2013, (screen print)
Bees, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959456: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Beetles- red, 2013, (screen print)
Beetles- red, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959484: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Bird Houses-small, 2013, (screen print)
Bird Houses-small, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959485: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Garden Birds, 2013, (screen print)
Garden Birds, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959486: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Moths-blue/green, 2013, (screen print)
Moths-blue/green, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959488: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Butterflies, 2013, (screen print)
Butterflies, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959489: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

caterpillars-small, 2013, (screen print)
caterpillars-small, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959490: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Crystals & Gems, 2103, screen print
Crystals & Gems, 2103, screen print

AFQ2959491: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Do-It-Yourself, 2013, (screen print)
Do-It-Yourself, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959497: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Flies, 2013, (screen print)
Flies, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959498: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Garden Implements, 2013, (screen print)
Garden Implements, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959499: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Garden Pests, 2013, (screen print)
Garden Pests, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959500: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Pond Life, 2014, (screen print)
Pond Life, 2014, (screen print)

AFQ2959501: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Moths-red, 2013, (screen print)
Moths-red, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959502: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Rocks, 2014, (screen print)
Rocks, 2014, (screen print)

AFQ2959503: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Some Weeds, 2014, (screen print)
Some Weeds, 2014, (screen print)

AFQ2959504: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Tree Seedlings, 2015, (screen print)
Tree Seedlings, 2015, (screen print)

AFQ2959505: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Weeds & Pests, 2013, (screen print)
Weeds & Pests, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2959506: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Birds in Flight, 2012, (screen print)
Birds in Flight, 2012, (screen print)

AFQ2963205: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

In the Grass, 2012, (screen print)
In the Grass, 2012, (screen print)

AFQ2963207: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Night, (detail), 2010, (box construction)
Night, (detail), 2010, (box construction)

AFQ2963212: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Night Flight, 2013, (screen print)
Night Flight, 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2963214: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Moths (detail), 2013, (screen print)
Moths (detail), 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2963215: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Startled-Dusk, 2012, (screen print)
Startled-Dusk, 2012, (screen print)

AFQ2963218: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Startled-Storm, 2012, (screen print)
Startled-Storm, 2012, (screen print)

AFQ2963219: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Underground, 2012, (screen print)
Underground, 2012, (screen print)

AFQ2963222: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Winter Buds, 2008, (digital print)
Winter Buds, 2008, (digital print)

AFQ2963223: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Weeds (detail), 2013, (screen print)
Weeds (detail), 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2963227: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Weeds (detail), 2013, (screen print)
Weeds (detail), 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2963230: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Weeds (detail), 2013, (screen print)
Weeds (detail), 2013, (screen print)

AFQ2963231: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Diamonds-blue, 2016 (screen print)
Diamonds-blue, 2016 (screen print)

AFQ3240794: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

little brown birds, 2016, screen print
little brown birds, 2016, screen print

AFQ3240795: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

diamonds, 2016 (screen print)
diamonds, 2016 (screen print)

AFQ3240804: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

pond Life, 2016, (screen print)
pond Life, 2016, (screen print)

AFQ3240811: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Dragonfly, 2016 (screen print)
Dragonfly, 2016 (screen print)

AFQ3240814: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images

Plants and Bugs,2013, (screen print)
Plants and Bugs,2013, (screen print)

AFQ3702406: © John Dilnot / Bridgeman Images


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