Born in 1950, John Shinnors trained in fine art painting and drawing at the Limerick School of Art and Design. There he encountered the renowned Limerick painter Jack Donovan, whose figurative, bold and adventurous work broke away from a conservative era in Irish art and would become an early source of inspiration for Shinnors. The work of 17th Century Flemish painters struck a particular chord with him also. He shared their preoccupation with light and shade and chiaroscuro would become a hallmark of his dramatic style. Since emerging on the gallery circuit - he held his first exhibition in the Goodwin Gallery, Limerick in 1978 - his development as an artist has seen his body of work develop out of the figurative towards an increasingly abstract subject matter. This very distinctive style is what he is celebrated for today. Of constant inspiration to the artist are his familiar surroundings in Limerick as well as his fascination with kites, scarecrows and the circus. On his Limerick scenes Aidan Dunne notes how, …the Limerick skyline, like that of many other Irish cities and towns, has become densely populated with the spindly forms of construction cranes, which are, the artist notes, often more graceful and imposing than the buildings that grow around them. John Shinnors is represented in numerous public and private collections. His work was celebrated by the RTÉ1 documentary Split Image John Shinnors in 1997. He is a member of Aosdána and an active advocate of the arts through the Shinnors Scholarship. He exhibits regularly at the RHA and Oireachtas and is represented by the Taylor Galleries, Dublin. He continues to live and work in Limerick.