POLLOCK-inspired artist John Lewis began to teach himself to paint more than 30 years ago.

But the artist still feels like he’s starting out on his journey.

However, he’s been chosen to show a series of work at the annual exhibition of works by members of Dewsbury Arts Group, which starts tomorrow.

John, of Ossett, has dubbed his collection the Taming The Chaos.

As a self taught artist he takes his influences from the full range of modern art, from Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko to RB Kitaj, Paul Klee, Marcel Duchamp, and Sandro Botticelli.

Much of his work is about change and is reflective and all of his work starts with the random application of colour – the objective being to get colour on the canvas with as little thought as possible and the greatest possibility of chance.

“I also believe that the only real value art can have is the naked truth,” he says.

“I therefore paint exactly what I am and, as I suspect it is with most of us, that often involves confusion.

“As the work progresses it is remarkable how some of that confusion evaporates and a bit more clarity emerges.

“The very best art is like that. It makes life make more sense and perhaps leads too to a world that is a little more serene.

“My art may not be there yet, but it has that ambition. However if you find a piece that just makes you feel good, I will be thoroughly delighted.

See for yourself at the exhibition at Dewsbury Town Hall from tomorrow, July 9, to July 16 (excluding Sunday) between 11am and 4pm. Admission is free