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John Williamson

I was born and raised in Rotherham and worked at Parkgate Iron and Steel straight from school. Eventually I left to study Graphic Design at Birmingham Art College and followed this by undertaking an Art Teaching Diploma at Liverpool University. I then spent the next forty years teaching Art in Merseyside and Sefton. It would be tempting as a Yorkshireman to call this my overseas missionary service, but in reality it was a real privilege to work with some amazing art teachers and wonderfully talented students.
Along the way I gained an M.Des at Liverpool University School of Architecture and began to take my own work a little more seriously.
My father was a steel worker from Scotland and an excellent artist who made pictures on any surface to hand and I believe that many of his drawings must still exist on the plaster beneath the wallpaper in our past Rotherham houses. Art and in particular drawing has always been in my life. My daughter, an art teacher, is studying for an MSc in Art Therapy while my grand daughter (age 6) has set up her easel alongside mine in my tiny studio.
For many, art is relaxing, healing, contemplative, an expression of self, or even life enhancing, all genuinely felt and believed, but for me it is always a struggle, a never ending effort to allow others to join me in what I am seeing.
The majority of my subject sources are marine and mainly drawn from the Yorkshire and North East Coasts. I spend many hours there, particularly in the places where people work or have built structures. Harbours, docks, jetties, piers, industry, boats and ships are visual magnets and I usually sit for hours just looking. Realism is fundamental to my approach, but I hope with a touch of melancholy. I am all too aware of how transient my subjects are and most should have long disappeared under the wheels of progress. Some have already passed. There is always a sadness about my work because I realise that when I paint I am capturing fleeting glimpses of a time that soon will be no longer.

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"I am always concerned when artists, while rightly exhibiting their work, claim to be 'self taught!' Have they all left school before the 1944 Education Act introduced art into schools? For their entire lives have they then avoided looking at any two or three dimensional images architecture, paintings, photographs or even their own children's drawings? Every time we browse images in galleries, books or on line we are constantly learning from the work and skills of other artists of all disciplines I believe that we should acknowledge the wealth of learning passed down to us throughout history. I think none of us are self taught and we should be grateful for what has gone before us. John Williamson "
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Runswick Bay

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Fixing Valhalla

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Three boats on the Tees

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True Love at Staithes

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Seaforth Dock

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Fort Perch Rock

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Ben Reoch on the River Mersey

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The Black Swan on the River Douglas

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Red Boat at South Gare

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Abandoned boats on Mull
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Abandoned boats on Mull

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Red Coble river Tees (water colour sketch)

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Nesting Cormorant (water colour sketch)

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The Common Cormorant (water colour sketch)

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Waiting for the Tide

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Summer Rose

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Farne Island Puffins

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watercolour sketch at seahouses

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Inner Farne Light House (water colour sketch)

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Sea Houses Lifeboat and Crew (water colour sketch)

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The red boat (South Gare)

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'Auld Reekie' at Crinan

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Porth Gain Fisherman

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The Farne Island Pinnacles

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Passing the Wyre Light
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Passing the Wyre Light

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Corus Steel Redcar

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Crab Fishing at Staithes

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The Blue Boat River Tees
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The Blue Boat River Tees

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Seahouses Slipway

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Price: £620
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Corus Steel and Fishermen's Huts

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Landing Crabs at Flamborough

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Staithes early morning

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Low Tide River Dee
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Low Tide River Dee

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Corus Steel Redcar

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Price: £540
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Mending 'Good Fellowship' 1

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Paddling With  Purpose
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Paddling With Purpose

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Oystercatchers at Redcar
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Oystercatchers at Redcar

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Sitting on the Dock of the Bay

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Mending 'Good Fellowship' Seahouses

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"I am always concerned when artists, while rightly exhibiting their work, claim to be 'self taught!' Have they all left school before the 1944 Education Act introduced art into schools? For their entire lives have they then avoided looking at any two or three dimensional images architecture, paintings, photographs or even their own children's drawings? Every time we browse images in galleries, books or on line we are constantly learning from the work and skills of other artists of all disciplines I believe that we should acknowledge the wealth of learning passed down to us throughout history. I think none of us are self taught and we should be grateful for what has gone before us. John Williamson "
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    "I am always concerned when artists, while rightly exhibiting their work, claim to be 'self taught!' Have they all left school before the 1944 Education Act introduced art into schools? For their entire lives have they then avoided looking at any two or three dimensional images architecture, paintings, photographs or even their own children's drawings? Every time we browse images in galleries, books or on line we are constantly learning from the work and skills of other artists of all disciplines I believe that we should acknowledge the wealth of learning passed down to us throughout history. I think none of us are self taught and we should be grateful for what has gone before us. John Williamson "
    Connection to Yorkshire

    Past Exhibitions

    My work has been shown at: The Williamson Gallery Birkenhead, The Atkinson Gallery Southport, The Pilkington Museum St. Helens, The Chapel Gallery Ormskirk, The Gallery on the Wharf Burscough, Castle Park Arts Centre Frodsham The Station Gallery Richmond
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    "I am always concerned when artists, while rightly exhibiting their work, claim to be 'self taught!' Have they all left school before the 1944 Education Act introduced art into schools? For their entire lives have they then avoided looking at any two or three dimensional images architecture, paintings, photographs or even their own children's drawings? Every time we browse images in galleries, books or on line we are constantly learning from the work and skills of other artists of all disciplines I believe that we should acknowledge the wealth of learning passed down to us throughout history. I think none of us are self taught and we should be grateful for what has gone before us. John Williamson "
    Connection to Yorkshire