John Illsley

John Illsley, founding member of the Dire Straits, rose to fame as the band’s bass guitarist.

John first started painting when he was around 15 years old inspired at school by his teacher Don Faulkner. This was also around the same time he started showing some promise as a guitarist. When the time came to choose where he wanted his talents to take him, John opted to play his guitar and be a musician.

John continued to paint throughout his time playing guitar in Dire Straits and when the group disbanded in the mid 90's - found he was able to spend more of his days in his art studio reconnecting with and exploring his other passion. He is heavily influenced by the French countryside and his love of music. Today, John’s works have been exhibited in five highly successful international solo exhibitions.

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