John graduated in 1990 with a Diploma in Fine Arts and A class Honours (BFA), from Otago Polytechnic. He has exhibited extensively within New Zealand and has work held in public, private and international collections.
“Oxborough gives himself permission to make things up. Fragments of figures intermingle with more abstract experiences; memories of well-travelled places merge with landmarks of more recent journeys. Objects, shapes and forms coalesce in patterns of colour that deny chronological time. Glimpses of a life, past and present, intersect and overlap; recollections and toys from Oxborough’s childhood merge with those of his children’s lives. Through strong use of colour, certain objects become a point of focus within a painting, commenting on the process of perception and recollection.”
Dr Robin Woodward, Senior Lecturer Art History, University of Auckland