John Killens grew up with paint and brushes as part of his life. Attending Southend School of Art, he worked as an illustrator in his early years. This gave a great foundation in drawing, but there was little opportunity to paint, and for 30 years he followed a different career path, painting at weekends and during holidays. Following a lifelong ambition, he became a fulltime artist in 2000.
Bought up near the sea, with the Essex countryside around, marine and landscape are among his favourite subjects. He has a tremendous love for the little boats and in particular the traditional ways of building-and propelling them! Boathouses are among his favourite interiors with their mystery and light patterns reflecting on wood and metal.
John’s work has been hung in the RSMA, ROI and RWS open exhibitions. RSMA, awarded the watercolour prize in 2009.
In the PATCHINGS Exhibition 2012 he received the Caran d’Ache award.
He has exhibited at Battersea Affordable Art Fair, and been a joint winner of the Artist magazine Christmas competition.
Elected to the Wapping group of Artists in 2008 he is now the Group secretary.
He was elected to the Chelsea Art Society in 2014 winning the Gwen Handley memorial prize in 2015. He was elected to the Council of the Society in 2018.
He works in Oil, Watercolour and Pastel according to the subject, the medium chosen depending on the subject.