Born in London John studied at Bath Academy of Art, Corsham 1965-68. He went on to teach in schools in Cambridgeshire and Bristol.
His 'Great Ebb Project', an event documented by photographs showing the action of the sea on three bands of pebbles painted red, yellow and blue on a Dorset beach was selected for the John Player Biennale II.
Under the name 'Tomfoolery' (Cockney rhyming slang) he designed and made painted jewellery ('Paintings you can wear') which were included in a survey of popular jewellery: Fancy Goods, a Scottish and Welsh Arts Council Touring Exhibition 1980/81.
His paintings are figurative and although the themes vary they all show his delight in colour and enjoyment of the process of painting.
He has a house in Penzance which he shares with his wife Andrea, a sculptor (qv). In 2006 John completed a mural for Trevelyan House The Mazey Day Parade Never Ends, celebrating the annual procession held in Penzance as part of Golowan Festival.
In 2008 he took part in a major public art project in Bath; - King Bladud's Pigs. His Sky Blue Pig was one of 100 life size fibre glass pigs decorated by artists displayed around the city throughout the summer.
Painter, muralist, jewellery-maker
works and access
Works include: The Mazey Day Parade Never Ends (mural, 2006); Landscape; Retinal Painting
Access to work: Trevelyan House, Penzance; University of Southampton; Glamorgan LEA
John Player Biennale Touring Exhibition (organised by the Midland Group Gallery, Nottingham) 1970
Van Dyck Gallery, Bristol (sharing with Ian Blake) 1971
The Other Festival, Bath Cleveland Circus 1972-74
Southampton Wessex Artists 1974
Citadel Gallery, Chippenham Joint Account (John&Andrea Garrihy) 1999
Hypatia House Joint Account (John&Andrea Garrihy) 2001
Affordable Art Fair, London and Bath 2001
Helston Folk Museum (joint with Andrea) 2002
Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight Disco 2003
Bath King Bladud's Pigs (joint) 2008
Queen Square, Bath Art for Life 2009
Walcot Chapel, Bath Out of the Studio (joint with Andrea) 2009