I am Jon Stiff, the artist behind Stiffy Art.
My background is in the construction industry and I still navigate the corporate environment on a daily basis.
However, my deep passion is in fine art. My journey as a professional artist started in 2018 and I became mesmerised with abstract art. I’m still predominantly an abstract artist focusing on painting, but I also experiment with drawing and line work. Initially, I started depicting various floral scenery, but then moved towards more abstract art.
I’ve drawn inspiration from artworld heavy weights like Jackson Pollock, Gerhard Richter, Bridget Riley, Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele. I have utmost respect to all of them and have been grateful to learn from their work.
Normality, standardisation and the status quo does not sit well with me. Frankly, predictability and certainty violently oppose the change I am searching.
I want to be different.
At the end of the day Art is Art. My Art; Stiffy Art will be a gift to you. If my art is not to your taste (or me come to that matter) then the comfort I take is that, ‘perhaps’ you are not quite ready for me?
No more words just enjoy the Art!
2021 – Warwickshire Open Studios, ‘Summer Art Weeks’, Stratford-upon-Avon
2020 – Shakespeare Distillery, permanent display, Stratford-upon-Avon
2019 – Stiffy Art launch event, Botanist, Birmingham
2019 – W: Skin, permanent display at the studio, Wirksworth
2020 – Special commission for Acorns Children’s Hospice online auction in December 2020
2020 – Participant in ‘Drawers off’ TV show produced by Channel 4. October 2020. Check out my reflections on episodes 1, 3 and 5.
2020 – Workshop ‘Abstract, Expressionism and Stencil Art’, W: Skin, Wirksworth
2019 – Artist residency at the Park Hotel Le Fonti in Tuscany, Italy. Read more in my blog.
Artworks in private collections in Italy, Thailand and South Africa.