John started his career by working for his father Alex Wilkins who operated a photographic Studio in Warrnambool Australia.
It was not long before John become interested in alternative photography where creativity was set as a priority. He manipulated a series of graphic abstractions in his fatherís darkroom in Liebig Street Warrnambool. Ten of these works were bought by the National Gallery of Victoria and featured in an innovative exhibition titled Frontiers.
John Wilkins knew he wanted to be a visual artist from a young age. His main interests were painting and drawing. He left the family photographic business and two years later joined the local art school and majored in painting and photographic silkscreen.
John Wilkins became a lecturer in photography at a Victorian university for 16 years. This gave him the opportunity to further his knowledge and practice experimental photography. He completed a higher degree with a portfolio titled Photography Towards Painting which specialised in the technique of working with large contact negatives.
During his time as a lecturer John became an associate member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography. He received four Victorian professional photographic awards within five years, all of which were experimental works.
In the last few years John has gone back to basics practising and successfully exhibiting more conventional landscape photographs. Currently he is researching new methods to make photography exciting and innovative from his home in Warrnambool.