In the past years, John Kingerlee’s reputation as an exceptional artist has grown, with his work been recognised in Ireland, the United States and Europe. He is only the second living Irish artist, after Sean Scully, to have work accepted for Sotheby’s New York’s International Contemporary Art auction. Kingerlee has made record-setting prices at auction and has become one of Irelands most sought after modern artists. His work ranges from Landscapes, head studies, or more abstract grid paintings. In May 2005 at Sotheby’s his Grid Composition sold for 36,000 St and on November 15th 2006 at Sotheby’s New York auction one of Kingerlee’s Grid Compositions sold for the record price of $156,000. John Kingerlee was born in Birmingham in 1936. He has Irish ancestors on his mother’s side. When he was six his family moved to London, where his father managed a gentleman’s poker club and his Aunt Anna looked after him. In the 1950’s he met his wife Mo and they have five grown up children. In the 1960’s the family moved to Yorkshire and John managed an organic flour mill. In 1962 they moved again this time to Warwickshire and this is where he started painting. It was in 1962 that he decided to become a full time artist. John and Mo travelled to Ireland in 1982 and in that year they finally settled in the Beara Peninsula in West Cork where he and Mo still leave.