In the 1980s John was commissioned to produce a set of paintings for a German beer producer called Herrenhauser. At the time, his reputation for fantastic images was just beginning to take off and the German advertising agency were quick to recognise this. They asked him to produce a set of twelve paintings of different extreme landscapes, the only request was that in each one there would be a group of one or two people who were carrying a yellow box -at the time their beer was packaged in a yellow box. This was relaxed and confident briefing at its best; John enjoyed every moment and produced twelve beautiful paintings.
The brewers bought all the originals but I now have some of the initial sketches to sell. They’re not large but they show the vitality and eagerness with which John set about this ideal commission.