John Knapp-Fisher was born in London in 1931. After studying Graphic Design and Typography at Maidstone College of Art, he became involved in exhibition design and theatre design including scene construction and painting. Turning to full-time painting in 1960, he lived and exhibited from his sea-going fishing boat for five years, exploring the rivers and estuaries of the South and East coasts of England.
John exhibited widely in England, Wales, Europe, Africa and North America. He was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1993. His work is in a number of public and many private collections.