John pictured centre
John Cutting was introduced to Style for Soldiers by a fellow injured veteran Andy Reid MBE. So often looking out for each other Andy alerted us to John's suffering of severe PTSD as a result of years serving in violent conflicts around the world and knowing that John's one enduring pleasure in life was art where he could find peace and purpose.
We were preparing for our second Art in the Aftermath exhibition at The Invictus Games Trials in Sheffield in 2019 and having seen John's astounding sculptures we invited him to be one of our exhibiting 'Soldier Artists'
John is now about to complete his BA in Fine Art and his stunning sculptures are selling all over the world. His words powerfully describe the healing powers of creativity and explain the intensity of his work:
'My trauma is very deep, long established and until recently undiagnosed, which had the effect of turning my life upside down, even more, so in recent years, when the intensity increased and life became constant battle. With this intensity came a strong impulse to be creative and I didn't turn to art, it pulled me into it's grip, I couldn't escape and the horse sculpture was born, which became a spiritual support for me.
Then Art in the Aftermath came along and it changed my life and attitude, especially with social interaction initially, once I started I just could not stop, making up for all those years in isolation I suppose.'
For more information on commissions please contact the artist direct at firstname.lastname@example.org