John-Michael Metelerkamp was born in 1982 and is based in Knysna, South Africa. From an early age he showed a talent for drawing. It became a constant practice for him to draw on paper. He also kept creating drawings throughout his difficulties with substance abuse. (He would destroy most of the work.) From his late teens and up until his early thirties he experienced a challenging period emotionally, mentally and spiritually. Ultimately he was sent to a neurological clinic. The ensuing months saw him on the couch in front of the TV. He was cast from the couch when his brother presented him with an ultimatum. “Paint!” he said. And so John-Michael did just that. And since late 2013, he hasn’t stopped.

 

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