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dove tales
joHn colles
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My work is in the tradition of narrative art. It is a response to both social and political events; a response that contains sometimes anger, sometimes pity and sometimes joy.


A painting is a representation of a single moment in time and thus relies on the viewer to complete the whole tale being told. In some of my work exhibited below the viewer can do this as a detached observer, in others they are complicit.


For many years I was a scientist, inventor and lecturer in problem solving and creativity. Latterly, and aided by a number of full time courses at Leith School of Art, I have become an artist.



To read more about John Colles's work please visit his website:

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