Jon Canty is a versatile and dynamic British Visual Artist based in Edinburgh. His creative practice focuses on narrative based work exploring themes including dystopia and urban decay. His repertoire includes figurative work and architectural townscapes through to total abstraction and his chosen mediums are oil or acrylic on canvas or other surfaces.
Born in Ascot in 1978, Jon grew up in Bedfordshire and after studying Civil Engineering at Nottingham University, pursued a career in Town Planning based mainly in London. Jon began studies in art at Hampstead School of Art in London in 2015 and around this time he began to develop his work beyond that which he had previously undertaken as a self-taught artist. Jon moved to Edinburgh in 2016 to pursue further studies in art and firstly undertook an Art Foundation Course at Edinburgh College in 2016/2017. Following this, Jon went on to the Leith School of Art where he completed two years of study in painting. These two years of study gave him a firm grounding in the technical aspects of painting, a deeper knowledge of the art world and allowed him to develop his creative working practice and expand his output.
Jon has had several solo exhibitions, most notably 'Utopia Banished' at the Coburg House Gallery in Edinburgh, March 2020 which showcased his portfolio of work produced during study at the Leith School of Art in 2018/2019. He has participated in many group shows in the UK and has work in private collections worldwide.