I was born in 1948. My initial years were spent in Putney, London and later Maidenhead in Berkshire. I attended Windsor Grammar school after which I accepted a place at Brighton School of Art, graduating in 1971. I taught in a number of schools and colleges but realised I wanted to paint full time and established the John Gillo Gallery in 1976.
From this base I developed a reputation for watercolours, mainly drawing my inspiration from Dartmouth and the surrounding area. My work today is largely in acrylics and has broadened considerably to include much more abstract work.
Since retiring from running the gallery I now work mainly in Paris where I have a studio. I do not know which direction my work will take now, it is a new and exciting time which I hope will stimulate my creativity. I shall continue to work in the Dartmouth area as well, there are three galleries in the area which stock my work. Links to these galleries can be found in the contact us section of the website.