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An illusionary 3D artist will be making an appearance at a Stratford-upon-Avon gallery this weekend to showcase his latest body of work. John D. Wilson will be visiting Castle Fine Art on Wood Street between 1pm and 3pm on Saturday 22nd September.

Inspired by the way that children perceive and interpret things in their everyday lives, John uses a complex ‘reverse perspective’ technique in his artworks. The method creates an optical illusion whereby John’s paintings seem to alter as the viewer moves around.

In his most recent works, John has introduced a brighter colour palette to exaggerate the 3D effect, marking a change from his previous paintings which were inspired by British artist, L. S. Lowry.  His latest works also pay homage to popular graffiti artist and political activist, Banksy, and Alice in Wonderland. 

John Wilson said: “When working on a painting, I always have to bear in mind the effect reverse perspective will have on what I produce, but this is something that I have now become adept at. ‘’My new pieces are a lot brighter and more colourful than what I have done in the past and I am looking forward to showcasing them at the Stratford gallery.’’

Jason Lawson, gallery manager at Castle Fine Art, Stratford, said: “This meet the artist event is an ideal opportunity for visitors to learn about the ideas and inspirations behind John’s work as well as the technique he uses to get the desired 3D effect. “John’s art is unlike anything else that we have in the gallery and really needs to be viewed in person to be fully appreciated.’’

Visitors wishing to attend the event and meet the artist should contact the gallery team to be added to the guest list: email or phone 01789 262031


Discovery of documents reveals new insight into the lives of John & William Shakespeare

Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall as shown right, has welcomed the discovery of a series of 16th century documents that reveal more of the fascinating and colourful life story of John Shakespeare, father of William Shakespeare.  Twenty-one documents have been found in the National Archives by Glyn Parry, Professor of Early Modern History at the University of Roehampton.  This exciting find sheds new light onto the world of young William Shakespeare.

The manuscripts reveal that John Shakespeare was accused of illegal money lending and wool dealing, with government informers pursuing him for a number of years.  These financial and legal troubles were to last until 1583, when William Shakespeare was 19 years old.

John Shakespeare’s story is one that plays out powerfully at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall as the place where it was known that he made minor appearances in court and was later to serve as Bailiff (Mayor) of Stratford-upon-Avon, having also held positions including Ale-taster, Constable and Alderman. The discovery of the documents adds significantly to the knowledge of John Shakespeare and his affairs, and the pressures that the family would have experienced whilst William was growing up. 

Lindsey Armstrong, General Manager of Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall says "With its place at the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon society, Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is where the lives of John and William Shakespeare intertwined, so it is to thrilling to discover more detail about their enthralling story. Through his father’s position as Bailiff, it was here that William was to get his first taste of professional theatre, but we can now also consider what influence his father’s life might have had on William as a writer.”

All of these stories and experiences are brought to life at Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall; from William Shakespeare’s school days, early life and influences, to the life of his father, John Shakespeare.  Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall is open daily from 11am to 5pm, with last admissions at 4:30pm. For further information visit

Church Street
CV37 6HB
01789 203170


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