John Skinner

John Skinner


John Skinner has nearly 50 years of painting experience. During this time he has invented his own 'Silent Language of Paint' and reinvented his work time and again to create physical and and poetic connection to his subjects. He has dedicated his life uncompromisingly to the 'Joie de Vivre of Painting'. He applies this same principle to his teaching and many sayings that can be heard at the Seawhite studio have come from John and his philosophy of painting truths.....'Crap into Gold', 'The Scalpel of Particularity' and 'White is your friend'. John's work embodies his connection to Nature in a fundamental, sensitive and powerful way. More recently he has been drawing and painting in the forests near his mountain house in France.


Born 1953 in Kent. Studied at Brighton Polytechnic and Goldsmiths College, London. Taught and exhibited in the North East.

Moved to London, studied with John Epstein, solo shows in London galleries and work in the Hayward Annual British Drawing Exhibition.
Moved to the Midlands, exhibited locally and won awards from local arts boards.
Moved to Dorset
Opened Abbotsbury Studio. Was commissioned by New Look, won a major South West Arts award and exhibited work at the Royal Academy. /div>
Moved to the South of France with his wife Mary.

Since moving to France, John has continued to exhibit his work in France and the UK

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John Skinner - A philosophy to paint by09 Dec 2020
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