Things John Paul doesn't want you to know

Like most artists, John Paul started out making a mess at an early age with crayon on the floor; finger-paint on the walls and play-dough in the carpet. At age seven, John Paul’s parents moved from their home in Nassau, Bahamas to Luxembourg where his eyes were opened to the European delights of papier mache in an after-school art program. It was there and then John Paul decided that he wanted to make a career in the arts.

Ten years later at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada, John Paul took as many art electives as he could, but despite his best artistic efforts, he ended up graduating with a more ‘practical’ degree: a Bachelor’s of Commerce. Oops! Nevertheless, J.P. more than made up for this shortfall at Central St. Martin’s in London, England where he studied watercolour layering, glass manipulation and advanced colour theory.

To this day, John Paul has never fully abandoned his earliest artistic methods – particularly his knack for making a mess.

Most people would be horrified if their short-comings were exposed to the world but John Paul is quite the opposite: he would be horrified if people truly knew of his successes and accomplishments. Thus, John Paul has been dragged kicking and screaming onto the Internet by demands from his fans that value him and is work much more than he does.

Who would have thought people who like his work, would want to see more of his work; and perhaps even contact him? John Paul finally realized that smoke signals and the old ‘message-in-a-bottle’ routine were not effective methods of communication, so he decided to ‘go online’.

Some of his accomplishments (which he doesn’t want you to know about) include the time he lectured at the National Art Gallery of the Bahamas; and when he was asked to be a judge for the Central Bank Art Competition. John Paul has been a guest teacher at local schools, and has also supervised a youth art project at the aforementioned NAGB.

John Paul has painted murals at the Cancer Research Centre and at the Ardastara Gardens and Zoo here in Nassau. His work was also featured in the MGM film ‘After The Sunset’ starring Salma Hayek and Pierce Brosnan shot on location here in Nassau, Bahamas.

Personally, John Paul also doesn’t want you to know, that he is an awful sailor. A friend asked him, “What’s the worst that can happen, JP? The boat sinks and you swim ashore?” Well, that’s exactly what happened to our dear artist John Paul on the maiden voyage of his second-hand Sunfish. Never mind, because he got the little sail-boat fixed just few weeks before it was stolen from the beach outside his studio. Not to be kept from the intense light and vivid colours of the Bahamian landscape from where he draws his inspiration, John Paul bought a tent. He decided that camping was a somewhat safer way to reach remote locations throughout the archipelago for his plein-air painting. The dog was relieved.

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