John Shakespeare


John has worked in the visual arts throughout his long career. He trained in Graphic Design at Birmingham College of Art and Design, following which he taught art at secondary level for sixteen years. He then undertook a Masters degree in Graphic Design and went on to work for ten years as an advisor for Art in a local education authority. Thereafter he worked freelance as a verifier and examiner in Art and Design. Throughout his teaching and subsequent careers, John continued to undertake freelance work as a designer, draughtsman and painter. He has been painting on an almost full-time, professional basis since 2006, fully committed since his retirement from examination duties.


John mainly paints in oils, though he also draws extensively, usually in ink. He draws in sketchbooks nearly every day, in order to maintain and sharpen observational and mark-making skills. He sees himself mostly as a portraitist, but also has a considerable oeuvre of still-life painting and architectural drawing. John likes to paint musicians, and often tries to inject narrative into his work. He has carried out numerous portrait commissions. He has exhibited many times, both solo and in groups. He has work in public and private collections, in the UK and abroad.


He welcomes commissions of any sort.


John is an elected Member of the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, one of the country’s oldest established Art societies.

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