John Pegg is a Mancunian who graduated from Aberdeen University in 1971 – a choice of college that led to a close links with Orkney.
Although both his grandfather and great grandfather were professional artists he discovered his own natural aptitude rather late when a friend he was holidaying with wished to draw in peace and gave him a small sketch book to keep him busy.
He gravitated instead towards music, touring with ITV’s ‘The Comedians’ as a member of a banjo band before working as a teacher of guitar and Russian folk music with Manchester Music Service.
He works on his own, usually though not exclusively in oils and prefers to vary his stylistic approach and subject. His great friend the painter and designer Kenneth Lawson encouraged him to exhibit, and continued to give his support until his death in May 2008.
His work has found its way to collections in mainland Europe and America.
His contribution to the Millscapes exhibition which toured Rochdale, Oldham and Stockport A.G.s 2007-08 was subsequently bought by Oldham for its permanent collection.
He exhibits regularly with Wendy J Levy Contemporary Art in Didsbury and Philips Contemporary Art in Central Manchester. He has also recently exhibited at Clark Art Ltd, Hale.