Paintings by John Chalkley from the decade 1991 - 2001

My art education was at Hornsey College of Art 1955 - 1961. From then until 1985, when I commenced painting full time, I combined painting with teaching art on a part-time basis. I also worked as a freelance illustrator for books and magazines. I have exhibited in many mixed shows and staged more than 20 one-man exhibitions in galleries in Yorkshire, the Lake District, Devon, Hertfordshire and London. I don't set much store on excessive verbalising about the visual arts so I will limit myself to giving a brief outline of my work. If these pictures communicate to the viewer, bearing in mind the vagaries of personal taste and artistic education, then there is little need for an extensive descriptive narrative. This selection of my work represents three main styles. At first glance they might seem separate but in fact they overlap chronologically and many of them have been painted during the same period.

The first 12 pictures in egg tempera have a symbolic content largely taken from childhood memories. The motif of the view through the window is a useful one for exploring the inner and outer worlds. My overall aim in these pictures is to evoke a quiet contemplative atmosphere.

The second stylistic group is the product of imaginative explorations making use of mixed media. The symbolic content is stronger, the colour more expressive, while the inspiration comes from diverse sources.

The third group is a representative sample of my Yorkshire landscapes. I have been painting the landscape of the Dales for more than thirty years. During this period I have sold many hundreds of these watercolours. A selection can currently be viewed at the Riverside Gallery, Buckden, Wharfedale. North Yorkshire.

The very last page on this web site gives details of my latest book. It is a true tale and very readable.

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