John Horner was born in England in 1944 and attended Takapuna Grammar school as a pupil of Owen R. Lee. He graduated from Elam School of Fine Arts in 1965 with honours in painting. During this period John was a student of Garth Tapper, Colin McCahon and Robert Ellis. His work has been mainly landscape and cityscape in the expressionist genre.
John Horner’s painterly style is inspired by the rugged New Zealand landscape with a further interest in cityscapes inspired by New Zealand’s sharp light contrasts. In 2003 Horner completed a Master of Fine Art degree with honours. The theme for these works was New Zealand railway history, rekindling a lifelong interest in trains and produced a series of mixed media abstractions on a railway theme.
He taught secondary school art until the early 80’s and was a senior lecturer at Whitecliffe College of Art and Design until 2013. He has recently retired to concentrate on painting.
John has been exhibiting in Auckland for many years and has work in many public and private collections including those of James Wallace and Dr. Lindsay Poole.
John Horner has been a regular participant in the Artists in Eden annual event for many years and was highest priced artist at auction in 2003. He was a Kelliher landscape award winner in the 1960’s. In 1989, Horner was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in London and in 1997 was bestowed the Paramount high chief title of Muliagatele on the Samoan island of Savaii.
Examples of John Horner’s work can be viewed at Mobile Art Gallery, 23 Edwin Street, Mt Eden, Auckland.