John Falcke is an artist living in West Sussex.
Born in Kensington in 1934, he was the only child of eccentric but loving parents. His education truly began in 1952, at Regent Street Polytechnic, where his interest in the arts was awakened and his originality as a painter released.
Using marks entirely his own he captures everyday human experience, freezing chosen moments or actions, by stripping away unnecessary marks, to present poetic images that are simultaneously familiar and unique. There is bold simplicity too in the art materials he employs: hardboard, MDF or newspaper; household gloss or enamel paints, with chalk or oil pastels to add texture.
It is not unusual for him to spend two years or more on a single subject, tenaciously producing many variations on the one topic. If resolved, the picture is framed and hung at his home, until such time as he revisits the idea. Ever his own harshest critic, there is nothing that may not undergo further change.
Falcke has tended not to feel either the desire or the need to show his work beyond his immediate circle. Now, later in life, he has been encouraged by friends and family to believe that there is surely a viewing public eager to enjoy a display of his work across more than sixty years.
Whether in the sensitivity of his paintings, or in the spontaneity of his provisional drawings, or in the wit of his sculpture, John Falcke is creating highly personal modernist images, intriguing and profound and beautiful.
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