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John Sibson

John Sibson works painting in his studio in Appleby, and publishes his own giclee reproductions and cards in his studio.


John’s styles can be very different depending to an extent on the medium. His early development has been in watercolours but more recently he is enjoying oils and acrylics.


In watercolours, capturing the sharper lines of buildings, boats, machines etc. amid the soft tones and shapes of the natural landscape has always been an aim.


In oils and acrylics he enjoys a more free and colourful style, with palette knife work a significant feature. Summer School at the Slade in London contributed to this development


He has had many one man and shared exhibitions in galleries in Yorkshire and Cumbria and has sold in galleries as far afield as Scotland, Tyneside, Spain and New Zealand. In the past he has exhibited in The Mall Galleries in London, in the Royal Society of Marine Artists open exhibitions and has been a prizewinner in the Cumbria Artists Open Exhibition. Earlier Chairmanship of the Yorkshire Watercolour Society took his work to many locations including the Houses of Parliament.


John’s earlier career was in mining and minerals and although from a Cumbrian family he still gains inspiration from his travels which took him overseas to live in Canada, Wales, Yorkshire and the Highlands of Scotland and part time in New Zealand.


Walking the fells and dales and love of sailing and the sea gives constant inspiration for subject matter. Marine and industrial subjects are a particular favourite.


He has no deep “artspeak” thoughts on his work – “I just paint what I see and how I see it”.

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