John Maine RA was born in Bristol in 1942. He studied at the University of the West of England, Bristol (1960-64) and at the Royal College of Art, London (1964-67). A two-year Fellowship at Gloucestershire College of Art followed. John Maine currently lives and works in Dorset, UK.
A selection of group and solo exhibitions include: Sculpture, an Abbey and a Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral (2000); Sculpture at Goodwood (1995); From Art to Archaeology, South Bank Centre and tour (1991); Sculptors’ Drawings, The British Council Tour of the Far East (1984); A Silver Jubilee Exhibition of Contemporary British Sculpture, Battersea Park, London (1977); The Condition of Sculpture, Hayward Gallery, London (1975); The Serpentine Gallery, London (1972).
John Maine has also received several public commissions over the course of his career most notably: The Chiswell Earthworks, Portland, Dorset (1986-93); The Lewisham 2000 project (from 1991) and the Ryugasaki New Town Hokuryudai Area Development in Japan (1993).
Maine has received many awards, including The Mark Rothko Memorial Trust Award (travel to USA and Mexico, 1979), an Elephant Trust Award for Chiswell Earthworks (1990-95) and a Henry Moore Foundation Award (1991). John Maine was elected Royal Academician in 1995.
John Maine's work is concerned with landscape, land forms, ancient sites, structures within nature, mathematical systems, solids, surface planes. He is particularly consumed with stone and works predominantly with Portland stone from Dorset where he lives. Drawing on traditional technique and echoing sculptures historical manipulation of stone Maine creates minimalist and formalist compositional works with recognisable architectural influences.