Studied Fine Art Media at Bradford and Graphic Design at Newcastle before working as a photographer and designer in New York and London in the 1980s. Working in the music and film industries, he was a founder member of the Unknown Studio in London, UK and exhibited drawings in group and solo shows there, designed books and produced imagery for music packaging. He began teaching at Newcastle and Liverpool Schools of Art in the early 90s then became Head of School at Liverpool between 1991 and 1996. He went on to become Creative Director at Nonconform a visual communications consultancy in Liverpool and has exhibited drawings, paintings, film and photography in touring, group shows and solo shows in the UK. In 2008 he became a Research Associate at Liverpool School of Art and established Jon Barraclough and Company a collaborative and consulting visual communications practice based in Liverpool.