About John Ledger
I’m a visual Artist, eternal meanderer and obsessive self-reflector by nature, who can’t help but try to interpret everything from within the tide of society. My works predominantly take the form of large-scale ballpoint pen landscape drawings and map-making as social/psychological note-making. They are slow-forming, but defiant responses; it takes time to truly figure out what I’m actually wanting to say about our social reality. The catalysts for my work was climate change and mental illness. It grew into a critique of the human condition under capitalism. This has intensified from the 2008 financial crash onwards.
I was born in the winter of 1984 in Barnsley, UK. Although having some (bumpy) experience of studying art elsewhere, I gained all my art qualifications up to degree level in my home town, where there was a hands-on ‘realism’ in terms of the relationship art had to the world outside his college doors. I’ve been creating new works continuously in the 8 years since graduation. A never ending critique of the social reality we find ourselves in has slowly become a necessary accompaniment to the making of visual art. Hence the keeping a of blog.