John Kingsley was born in Glasgow in 1956 and studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1973-1977 under James Robertson, Geoffrey Squire and David Donaldson. He has exhibited at the Royal Glasgow Institute (from 1975), Royal Scottish Academy and Paisley Institute.
He started out teaching, but has now been a full time painter for over 15 years with a very successful exhibition record.
Among many other awards John won the William Bowie Landscape prize in 1991, the Mary Armour Award in 1992 and the Paisley Art Institute prize in 2003 and he has been a finalist in the Hunting Art Prizes on five occasions. In 2015 he was elected member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.
For John Kingsley the expression of colour is instinctive. His paintings use colour as the principal means of expressing forms, light, texture, and above all, creating harmony in the composition. His paintings are imbued with a richness of texture and a distinct Scottishness through his painterly expression of light and atmosphere. His landscapes are strong, compelling and refreshingly accomplished.
He has works in many public and private collections including HRH the Duke of Edinburgh, Argyle and Bute District Council, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow and in Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Sweden, Canada and USA. In 1989 the 31 Corporation chose five of his works for their Edinburgh boardroom and Albert Fisher PLC.