John Reynolds graduated from the Elam School of Fine Arts in 1980. His practice encompasses elements of drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and performance. His early paintings are large abstractions influenced by post-war American colour-field works, but he gradually moved into a drawing-based approach using paint markers, oil sticks and spray cans to create pared-back, text-based compositions. Reynolds’ use of text is inextricably tied to his interest in issues of place and belonging, through his inclusion of Kiwi vernacular, place names and sayings in his work. In 2006, his work Clouds featured prominently in the 2006 Sydney Biennale, Zones of Contact. Reynolds was awarded a Visual Arts Fellowship by the Arts Council of New Zealand in 1993, won the Visa Gold Art Award in 1994 and was a Walters Prize finalist twice, in 2002 and 2006. Reynolds has exhibited extensively both in New Zealand and overseas, and his work is held in a number of significant public collections, including the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa and the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki.