John-Mark Gleadow was born in 1976 in central Delaware, just a few minutes from where he currently resides. After graduating from the University of Delaware in 1999 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he immediately began his professional career as an artist. While still a student he was awarded solo shows, accolades and even gallery representation while still a student. John-Mark creates work which in appearance, seems to be a photograph, but couldn’t actually be taking place in reality.
Early influences on the young artist were Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali and VerMeer. John-Mark values great technical proficiency in the medium of oil paint, coupled with original and often surreal subject matter. Like these artists, John-Mark prefers to work in oils because of its richness and durability.