Antony John was born in Gilfach Goch, Wales, May 16, 1960. After moving to Canada in 1970, he graduated from the University of Guelph with an Honours B. Sc. in Wildlife Biology. He married Tina Vanden Heuvel and started dairy farming with her father in 1984, in Sebringville, ON. They subsequently bought a farm, and in 1993 started growing organic vegetables under the name “Soiled Reputation”.
Inspired by his father, a draughtsman, a young Antony would use discarded plan drawings to sketch upon. As a teenager, he began to branch out into other mediums and, after seeing Alex Colville’s work, settled on acrylics. His paintings examine the emotional and moral effects that generate tension and unrest in the controlled, ordered world of farming and the elements that must be addressed before a state of grace is achieved. It is the uncertainty of life’s struggle, Antony feels most compelled to paint about.