Jonathan Lindsey Bird DipAD Born in Darlington in 1949, Jon studied at the Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Darlington, where he achieved one of the highest grades in the country for A level Art. After leaving school, the opportunity arose to work freelance as a sound recordist for television with his brother-in-law, cameraman Peter Dearden. In 1971, he joined the Graphic Design course at Canterbury College of Art, where he met Daphne; they set up home in Whitstable, where they brought up their two children. After college, Jon worked in the radio division of COI; two years later he became designer, then studio manager at an audio-visual studio in Kensington. Returning to freelance sound in 1978, he worked for local television channels and the American news networks. Highlights of recent years have included the TV documentary 'David Dimblebey's India', and the feature films, 'Final Cut' and 'Love, Honour and Obey'. Son Martin shares his dad's enthusiasm for sound and the entertainment industry: he was able to join the crew on the last feature, and has now successfully established his career as a DJ. www.myspace.com/djskaface For over twelve years now, daughter Jenni has been living and working in Tuscany, and a combination of frequent visits to the Italian countryside, and a lull in television work has provided part of the stimulus for Jon's return to painting. As well as Tuscan views, favourite subjects are the sea, boats and of course, the fabulous Whitstable sunsets.
New work will be on show at the Whitstable Fish Slab gallery in Oxford street from 23rd January 2013.
Acrylics, Drawing, Oil pastel, Pastels, Pen And Wash, Pencil/Charcoal
Animals, Buildings, Cartoons, Illustration, Impressionism, Landscape, Life Drawing, Portrait, Skies, Still Life, Townscapes, Trees and Foliage