After studying Graphic Design at Canterbury College of Art and gaining a degree in Fine Art at Camberwell School of Art in 1984, John Dilnot went on to study postgraduate printmaking at Camberwell. He focused on screen printing and made his first artists’ books and box works while at Camberwell.
Dilnot has had many solo shows in the UK, in particular a touring show ‘In the Country’ which was originated by Southern Arts and accompanied by a catalogue. Other solo shows include Rural Views at the Aytoun Gallery Manchester and Country Fresh at Buckinghamshire County Museum Aylesbury.
John Dilnot has been featured in many mixed shows, including numerous survey shows of artists’ books. Mixed shows include, New Art: North West Cornerhouse, Mostyn Open, A Pool of Signs Bluecoat Gallery Liverpool, Jolly Peril Paradise Castlefield Gallery Manchester and Artists’ Books Tate Gallery London.
He has received production awards from North West Arts Board and Southern and South East Arts.
John has participated in Chelsea Craft Fair, Origin, The London Artists Book Fair and the Small Publishers Fair. He sells his work through many outlets in this country and abroad, including The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles and the V & A Museum London.
John shows his box works with the Rebecca Hossack Gallery who exhibit worldwide at many art fairs.
John opens his house as part of the Artists Open Houses trail during the Brighton Festival in May, where the whole range of his work can be seen.
Dilnot has work in numerous private and public collections, public collections include, Museum of Modern Art New York, Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Library and the British Library.