John Tookey PS
My inspirational sources are everything around me from the landscape, townscape, interiors and people. I try to interpret these in an individual, non-photographic way using a variety of media.
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John works mainly in watercolour, pastel, oil and sometimes acrylic. A large proportion of my painting is studio based, working mostly from sketchbooks in which he has collected lots of ideas and information over the years. Working outdoors is something he enjoys and would like to do more of in the future. His pastels are mostly worked onto mountboard using a watercolour or acrylic underpainting. His watercolours are painted directly onto paper or pastel paper, sometimes using a little body colour. He has a similar approach to oil painting, trying to work directly to create an impression rather than a copy.
1947 Born, Ilford, Essex.
Studied at Sir John Cass School of Art, London
1982 Elected Member of the Pastel Society
Pre- 1986 Worked in several small advertising agencies
Brandler Prize, Royal West of England Academy
Buzzacott Award, Pastel Society, 2008
2006 Southwold Gallery
2008 Alresford Gallery
2007 Rowley Gallery, Winchester
2006 Humpter Gallery
Various articles for ‘The Artist’ magazine
Various articles for ‘Artists and Illustrators’ magazine
Series of regional travel books for Gordon Fraser Books, 1985-90
‘Contrast in Watercolour’, Town House Films (DVD)