John Haydn Colley has worked fulltime as a travelling artist and writer since leaving his formal career in 2006. During this time he has visited around 50 countries on Three continents often travelling very slowly by foot and funding every adventure with income from art alone. Today he has returned to Ibiza where he intends to remain for a year whilst completing a series of 20 large format oil paintings to be exhibited in London, Vienna and Los Angeles during 2018/19. “Ibiza gave me the initial inspiration and seemed the natural place to finish the project”.
About the Project
The idea for Evolution of a Goddess came from my own travel experiences.
I like to travel slowly – walking along ancient paths, or trying to
retrace forgotten trade and pilgrimage routes. Exploring the history of
these trails revealed that many were actually ancient routes followed by
human migrants from all corners of the World. Consequently faiths and
customs travelled with the people. Religious beliefs evolved, adapted
and combined. Mythical deities moved from one faith to the next changing
in name only. The fundamental values represented remained the same.
The picture featured (Suza and Milo V5 – 2.5 Meters x 2.5 Meters) is a
practice painting for an exhibition piece. It is a mural in a large
public plaza in Granada, Spain, but is undoubtedly all about Ibiza! The
Goddess is Maya – Goddess of the Earth in Peruvian, Inca beliefs.
However, more than that, it is a very real person from my own memory of a
very tangible experience. A beautiful morning spent picking small
oranges with a friend in San Carlos a few years ago. Every painting
represents a Goddess, but also depicts my own memories of time spent
with very real people.
Un Artista sin Estudio
There are many reasons why I prefer to work outdoors. Most importantly, I
enjoy the freedom. I rarely maintain studio space, but do need secure
overnight storage for large works. All of my paintings are imaginative.
However, having the buildings, plants and people of Ibiza town as a
ready resource for reference is very useful. Working in public places
also offers many opportunities to meet people who may become clients, or
offer help and support.
Previous visits to this “island of many contrasts” have proved to be
appreciated by locals and tourists. Business people have been especially
helpful giving work and general advice. I am always happy to consider
any work offers to help fund my personal projects. Murals, sign-writing,
menu designs, publicity material etc are examples of this. With this in
mind, I aim to find advance buyers for paintings ahead of the
exhibitions whilst undertaking other work.
About the Artist
Birmingham, United Kingdom – 1967
Currently based in Granada, Spain.
Photography and Media Studies - 1986
Interactive Multimedia BA (Hons) – 1996
Before choosing to pursue work as a travelling artist and writer I
worked as a freelance within the advertising industry specialising in
digital communication of established media in design, marketing and
brand development for agencies and corporate clients in London, New York
My current art client and publishing list is almost as extensive as my
‘old’ professional client list. As well as working for highly respected
agencies on product brands such as Dove soap and beauty products, Magnum
ice-creams, Lynx/Axe deodorants, I also worked directly for companies
such as GlaxoSmithKline and Unilever on their consumer product branding
Art clients include:
The Spanish Royal Opera
Several private collections around the World from Alaska to Tasmania and Hollywood to Moscow. Ibiza clients include Cotton Beach Club, Hotel Es Vive and Sunset Café.
Work has also been featured in several magazines – national and international.
British Journal of Photography. Professional Photographer. Boston
Magazine and various weekend newspaper supplements (in Spain; El Pais,
El Mundo, Ideal). This will be my first exhibition of paintings outside
What I Need
· Storage space: secure night storage (a garage, or lock-up) within walking distance of Placa des Parc, Ibiza town.
· Investors/purchasers and any work!
· Feedback and advice.
Please feel free to contact me at any time.
Tlf: 689 744 929