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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 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 have 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 assist others to see 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 can 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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"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons as a child. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with algebra, history etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creatiive bug’ is just a wee voice telling you that you that would like your crayons back. Hugh Macleod "

John Williamson's art

    Farne Island Puffins

    Status: Available
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    Price: £150
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    watercolour sketch at seahouses

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    Price: £150
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    Inner Farne Light House

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    Price: £150
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    Sea Houses Lifeboat and crew

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    Price: £150
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    The red boat

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    'Auld Reekie' at Crinan

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    Price: £450
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puffins
fishing-boats
marine-art
water-colour
light-house
marine-environment
marine-painting-seascape
rlni
clyde-puffers
marine-painting
seascape-marine-painting
vintage-boats
fisherman
small-boat
welsh-fisherman
fleetwood
seascape
wyre-estuary
industrial
industrial-heritage
marine
seahouses-crab-fishing
low-tide
marine-paining
redcar
river-tees
teeside
fishingboats
seahouses
slipway
south-gare
coble-boats
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flamborough-head
traditional-boats
yorkshire-coast
staithes
dee-estuary
river-dee
tidal-flats
corus-steel
boat-mending
paddling
oystercatchers
redcar-beach
sea-birds
eyemouth
fishing-boat

Farne Island Puffins

Status: Available
Prints: Not available
Price: £150
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

watercolour sketch at seahouses

Status: Available
Prints: Not available
Price: £150
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

Inner Farne Light House

Status: Available
Prints: Not available
Price: £150
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

Sea Houses Lifeboat and crew

Status: Available
Prints: Not available
Price: £150
How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

The red boat

Status: Available
Prints: Not available
Price: £150
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'Auld Reekie' at Crinan

Status: Available
Prints: Not available
Price: £450
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Porth Gain Fisherman

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Price: £290
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The Farne Island Pinnacles

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Price: £460
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Passing the Wyre Light
Original SOLD

Passing the Wyre Light

Status: Sold
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Corus Steel Redcar

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Price: £420
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Crab Fishing at Staithes

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Price: £520
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The Blue Boat River Tees

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Price: £590
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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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Price: £640
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Landing Crabs at Flamborough

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Price: £590
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Staithes early morning

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Low Tide River Dee

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Price: £560
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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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Price: £520
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Paddling With  Purpose
Original SOLD

Paddling With Purpose

Status: Sold
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Oystercatchers at Redcar
Original SOLD

Oystercatchers at Redcar

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sitting on the dock of the bay

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Price: £320
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Mending 'Good Fellowship'2

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Price: £520
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"Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons as a child. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with algebra, history etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creatiive bug’ is just a wee voice telling you that you that would like your crayons back. Hugh Macleod "

John Williamson's art

    Farne Island Puffins

    Status: Available
    Prints: Not available
    Price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    watercolour sketch at seahouses

    Status: Available
    Prints: Not available
    Price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Inner Farne Light House

    Status: Available
    Prints: Not available
    Price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    Sea Houses Lifeboat and crew

    Status: Available
    Prints: Not available
    Price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    The red boat

    Status: Available
    Prints: Not available
    Price: £150
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

    'Auld Reekie' at Crinan

    Status: Available
    Prints: Not available
    Price: £450
    How to buy: Buy on Yorkshire Art

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    "Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons as a child. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with algebra, history etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creatiive bug’ is just a wee voice telling you that you that would like your crayons back. Hugh Macleod "

    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
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    "Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons as a child. Then when you hit puberty they take the crayons away and replace them with algebra, history etc. Being suddenly hit years later with the ‘creatiive bug’ is just a wee voice telling you that you that would like your crayons back. Hugh Macleod "