John Kingsley PAI was born in Glasgow in 1956 and studied drawing and painting at Glasgow School of Art from 1973 – 77 under a number of prominent artists such as James Robertson, Geoffrey Squire and the late Dr David Donaldson former Artist and Limner to the Queen in Scotland.

Since then John has exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy, Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts, Royal Scottish Society for Painters in Watercolour and Paisley Art Institute. He was elected an artist member of the Glasgow Art Club in 1979 and in 1986 he was elected a member of Group 81 Artists who exhibited regularly at the McLellan Galleries in Glasgow. From 1987 - 2002 he served as a council member of Paisley Art Institute.

He taught Art both full time and then part time in secondary schools Glasgow until becoming a full time artist in 1997.

Over the years John has won a number of awards. He was a finalist in the Hunting Art Prizes in London on five occasions from 1989 -2000 his work being highly commended in 1996. Among other awards, in recent years, he won the Paisley Art Institute Prize in 2003, the Reid Kerr College Award for Painting in 2006 and the Contemporary Fine Art Gallery, Eton Award in 2008 at the Paisley art Institute. In 1999 he was awarded the Diploma of the Paisley Art Institute.

Over the last two decades John has exhibited principally in London, Eton and the Cotswolds with many highly successful one man shows. His work hangs in many fine collections including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, Tommy Hilfiger, Paisley Museum and Art Gallery, Argyll and Bute District Council, Sarah Lee UK and the Glenisla Group among others.

His works are also held in collections in France, Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg, Sweden, Lebanon, Malaysia, Australia, Canada and USA.