John Doherty is a
graduate of the Kingston College of Art in London, England. He
emigrated to Canada in 1982. Stories and legends of the First
Nations people drew him to research the culture. The obvious next
step was to paint it. The real 'magic' for John remains in the
relationship of Native people to the Natural World. It is a wonderful
John paints on traditional media
as well as leather, drums, wooden artifacts, carved birds and
fish, antler, skulls. A watercolour wash is applied before finishing
with ink detail. Bold colour, imaginative images, geometric design
combine with text or teachings of ancient peoples to create powerful
messages. The quality of John's work has resulted in very special
commissions involving furniture and parts of buildings.
John Doherty truly makes unique art. His work delights, inspires
and informs. We tell John the only thing that would make his art
better is if he really was Mohawk.