John Cullinan works from his own studio gallery in the seaside town of Tramore, Co Waterford. He has never known life without art. He studied in the Limerick School of Art under the guidance of Jack Donovan for whom he has a lifelong regard. He attributes much of the influences in his work to his experience during these formative years, his passion and vision never wavered. Following graduation John spent the following two years teaching in the school of art.
He moved to West Clare and for the following eight years explored and painted the wilderness of the West Coast. John considers himself as much a colourist as a realist. Working in oils his bold brush strokes aim to create ridges to catch the light while simultaneously capturing the gesture be it landscape or nude. He is constantly exploring the duality of the brush and paint in order to create texture, shape and combination of colour. When asked about the need for the artist to meet the demands Of consumerism John said "to paint honestly and remain true to yourself, and hope your audience will keep pace with the development of your painting". Clearly this is a recipe that works. His charcoal drawings are also a joy to behold. John has had many solo shows and his work is now held in many private and public collections. His work can been seen in many galleries and his name appears In "Whyte's Buyers Guide to Irish Art".