John Joekes was born in London in 1950. He was a pupil of George Kennethson and Studied at Camberwell School of Art. He uses traditional stone carving techniques to make varied, unique and interesting sculptures. John worked as a typographer in Paris while continuing his sculpture, then refined his technique whilst working first as a banker mason, fixer mason then as a carver at Chichester Cathedral.
He uses lettering and elements of design as a thread throughout much of his work, combining this with abstracted shapes and forms. Form and texture are also strong features of John's figurative sculptures - which draw influences from Brancusi and Penone amongst others - to create tactile and heavy, yet subtle and sensual, figures and heads.
John has had numerous one-man and group exhibitions in London, Bath and Bristol, among others, and has curated and organised shows, most notably the 1985 Bath International Sculpture Competition.
Johns belief in art, and the encouragement of artists and their practice led him to take an active role in BANA (Bath Area Network of Artists) in 2006, becoming Deputy Chair for 2007. He has been involved in curatorship, exhibition organisation and committees, fundraising and general leadership roles. In 2007, John was heavily involved in arranging 'QA', an 'Any Questions' style art forum led by Jonathan Dimbleby, and 'Partial View', an exhibition curated by Freddie Robins.
John has been represented by the Thackeray Gallery from 2005 - 2015.