Born in Dagenham, Essex in 1952 John Crossley studied at St Martin's School of Art from 1970-74. He has exhibited in group exhibitions such as ‘Borderline’ curated by Laurence Noga, C&C gallery, London in 2015, ‘A5’ Lumbomirov-Easton gallery, Art-Athina, Athens in 2015, ‘Colour and Otherness’ Grace Teshima Gallery, Paris in 2014, ‘David Bomberg to Paula Rego’ Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton in 2014 and The Discerning Eye, Mall Galleries, London in 2013. He has won both The Sainsbury Award and an award from The Arts Council of Great Britain. Crossley's work can be found in various public collections such as Unilever PLC, Hillingdon Hospital, London Borough of Camden, Fitzwilliam Museum and the Picasso Museum.
True to the roots of the artist, he originally studied sculpture in the 70’s at St. Martins School of Art under Anthony Caro, Phillip King and William Tucker, Crossley’s works marry colour with form and space. Unlike many of his contemporaries he is attracted to the resonance of colour as a language of emotional experience. Crossley’s paintings are bright clear notes ringing out amid the cacophony of contemporary art, characterised by their exuberant, gleaming colours, his paintings transcend our assumptions about ‘Englishness’ and beguile us instead with an exotic vibrancy.