A Painter’s Journey - Le Voyage d’un Peintre
John Philip Knott was born and educated in London. He initially trained as a cinema projectionist and later worked as a production editor with a British publishing company before setting up his own advertising agency. After a working tour of Europe, New Zealand and South Africa he settled in Australia in the 1970’s with his wife Anne. He completed a Bachelor of Social Science degree at Deakin University, Victoria.
John and Anne have lived in Woollahra since 1983 where they set up and ran their own Real Estate Agency. They have two children who are both fluent in French, a daughter Grace who lived in Brussels for 8 years and a son Christian who is a wine maker at Domaine Chandon de Briailles, Savigny-les Beaunes Burgundy.
John has always had a strong involvement with community organisations in diverse areas such as urban renewal, credit co-operatives, historical societies and community lobby groups. He has had a lifetime involvement with the Arts, both in theatre and fine arts, having completed many courses over the years. He excelled in Art all through school but only recently took up painting as a serious love until some 8 years ago. He now paints in oils and has submitted to the Archibald, Moran, Hornsby and Royal Agricultural Society prizes, being hung 5 times. He is currently an active Director on the Board of the Waverley and Woollahra Art School in Bondi.
John is a passionate Francophile, having active involvement with French language, film, culture and travel. For the past 10 years he and his wife have travelled to France on an annual sojourn. They love to travel the regions which among others have included the Loire, Provence, Alsace, Ardennes, Burgundy, Bordeaux and last year Normandy and Brittany with John sketching as they go. In 2013, John undertook a French language course at the Catholic University of Paris while residing at the Saint-Sulpice Seminary in central Paris. As members of Alliance Francaise they are always strong supporters of the Alliance French Film Festival and cultural events.