John Hatfield is a self-taught painter. He rejected a formal art education, happier doing his own thing instead.
On leaving college much of his time was spent in voluntary work scattered around the English countryside and chasing surf. Interspersed with low wage, zero-hour contract jobs. All of which kept him in a state of constant flux.
In recent years he has studied human anatomy in depth: earning a BSc(Hons) degree in Traditional Chinese Medicine (Acupuncture) and a Masters degree in Physiotherapy.
He was born in Manchester, raised in Telford, and now lives in Teesside: surfing and working as a musculoskeletal physiotherapist in the NHS.
He has exhibited in the North East, Manchester and London’s Brick Lane; had a residency at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival; was the illustrator for The Acupuncturist magazine; and has illustrated an anatomical text book on traditional Chinese Massage.