John Britton uses traditional figurative painting and drawing techniques to explore contemporary subjects. His work creates links between the historical practice of painting and the modern conceptual notions of art. His portraits of African migrants convey the range of human emotions in the most trying of circumstances. The humanity of the migrants - hope, despair, perseverance - is shown in careful graphite portraits. Britton also creates allegorical work, fusing classical subject matter with modern topics of political or social interest. The juxtaposition of classical imagery within contemporary settings prompts a deeper consideration of the subjects at hand.